|Other names: Five Fingers, Five Finger Blossom, Five Leaf Grass, Sunkfield, Synkefoyle, Potentilla|
Uses: Love, money, or when you require an abundance of something
Aroma: Sweet, fresh, grassy
Cinquefoil was reputedly an ingredient in many spells in the Middle Ages, and reportedly was used also in love divinations. It was one of the ingredients of a special bait for fishing nets which would ensure a large catch.
In one old version of a recipe for 'Witches' Ointment' Cinquefoil is used along with smallage and wolfsbane. This group of herbs is then mixed with (supposedly) the fat of children dug up from their graves and added to fine wheat flour.
Medicinally, Cinquefoil has been in use since the time of the Greeks, and it was thought to cure fevers and diarrhea. It was also chewed to help with gum and tooth pain. It is a powerful astringent, and is used to tan leather. Large amounts can damage the kidneys.
Cinquefoil is used in many incense recipes.