Potentilla: medicinal benefits, remedies and contraindications

The Potentilla or Potentila is a medicinal plant that belongs to the family of Rosaceae ", its scientific name is "Potentilla Anserina", is also known by other names such as Cincoenrama. It becomes a very effective remedy to improve various ailments including those derived from catarrhal processes, in which there is excess mucus.

It is therefore considered a plant with anticatarral properties. In addition, other properties are attributed to it, since it also has diuretic, astringent, digestive, healing, hemostatic qualities and acts as a wonderful local anti-inflammatory. What's more, did you know that the pleasant taste of its leaves is ideal for preparing delicious salads ?.

And what active ingredients do we find in this plant? Not only we distinguish bitter principles and organic acids, also tannins and flavonoids.

Properties of potentilla

Astringent benefits

Because of its astringent property it is effective to improve the cases of hemorrhoids, also for diarrhea. In addition, it is also very effective in soothing gastrointestinal spasms, thanks to its interesting ability to stimulate the contraction of different human tissues.

Thanks to this quality, it is also very useful when it comes to calming and calming the ovarian pain so characteristic and characteristic of menstruation, especially in case of painful menstruations.

Ideal against colds and throat inflammations

On the other hand, Potentilla has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, so that it becomes a good natural option in case of colds and flu.

But this quality does not just end here, because precisely because of these benefits it is especially useful in case of throat inflamation and by mouth, being interesting also in case of suffering toothache.

To enjoy this property it is usual to carry out mouth rinses (for toothache or teeth), and gargle (for pain and inflammation of the throat).

Ideal for gargling or rinsing

Just as we indicated, the homemade remedies that are made with Potentilla are infusions and as we have said before, these are prepared to be taken internally or to apply them in compresses, sitz baths or as a mouthwash.

The mouthwash that is prepared with Potentilla for gargling is indicated to improve sores, and also pain or throat irritation.

Applied externally the Potentilla is effective for sitz baths, or moisten compresses and apply them as a natural remedy for hemorrhoids and reduce inflammation as well as the discomfort they cause.

This medicinal plant can be obtained in herbalists, stores that dispense natural products, pharmacies, online.

Yes, we ignore advise our readers and followers so that before using the home remedies that we can prepare with any medicinal plant or herb, first consult with the doctor or the therapist, follow their guidelines and advice.

They will undoubtedly know how to advise us the best for our case. And it is that some herbs and medicinal plants can present contraindications or produce allergy. Do not hesitate to consult before deciding to prepare some home remedy.

Discover how to prepare two homemade remedies with Potentilla

The homemade remedies that we provide below are to prepare an infusion of Potentilla, which we can take, and another remedy in which the Potentilla infusion will be used for external use in compresses to relieve hemorrhoids.

Infusion of Potentilla

Potentilla infusion can be taken to improve cases of painful menstruation, to relieve gastrointestinal spasms, heavy digestion, diarrhea or to eliminate fluids.

We will prepare the potentilla infusion by following these steps:


  • 2 tablespoons of dried grass.
  • 200 ml. of mineral water or a cup of water.


  1. In a heater we put the water to boil.
  2. When it starts to boil, add Potentilla.
  3. Turn off the heat, cover the infusion and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  4. We uncover the infusion, we strain it and when it is warm we can take it.

If you like to sweeten the infusions we can choose the sweetener that we like, a little honey, stevia, brown sugar.

From this infusion we can take a cup 3 times a day.

Potentilla compresses for hemorrhoids

To prepare this remedy we will make a potentilla decoction and we will need the following quantities:


  • 2 tablespoons of fresh or dried chopped grass.
  • Half a liter of water.


  1. In a saucepan or warmer put the water and the tablespoons of Potentilla.
  2. We bring to a boil.
  3. Once it boils, reduce the heat, and let it boil for 15 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat, cover the preparation and let it rest for 20 minutes.
  5. We strain the preparation and when it is warm we can moisten the compresses on it.

Moisten the compress and apply it on the affected area.

When the compress is dry, we moisten it again.

We can apply this remedy, 2 or 3 times a day until we notice improvement.

Contraindications of the potentilla

Potentilla is contraindicated in the following cases:

  • In case of pregnancy.
  • During breastfeeding
  • In children under 2 years.
  • People allergic to the Rosaceae family.
This article is published for informational purposes only. It can not and should not replace the consultation with a Physician. We advise you to consult your Trusted Doctor. ThemesMedicinal plants