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Cinquefoil, c/s (Five Finger Grass)

  • Cinquefoil, c/s (Five Finger Grass)
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 Cinquefoil, c/s (Five Finger Grass)

Potentilla recta

Origin: USA
Form: Cut and sifted
Unit size: 1 ounce
Other names: Five Fingers, Five Finger Blossom, Five Leaf Grass, Sunkfield, Synkefoyle, Potentilla, Cramweed, Goosegrass, Goose Tansy, Moor Grass, Pentaphylon, Silver Sinquefoil, Silverweed
Esoteric Uses: Love, money, or when you require an abundance of something
Esoteric Associations: Jupiter, Air
Incense Aroma: Sweet, fresh, grassy

This herb with numerous associations with mystical and spiritual traditions is known by a wide variety of names that can be found in numerous sources of literature concerning Wicca, and Hoodoo among other traditions. Within these texts and publications, it can be found listed as Cinquefoil, Cramweed, Five Finger Blossom, Five Fingers, Goosegrass, Goose Tansy, Moor Grass, Pentaphylon, Silver Sinquefoil, Silverweed, Sunkfield, and Synkefoyle, so as you can imagine, there is sometimes a great deal of confusion regarding the herb and its uses. With leaves that come to five points, it is sometimes associated with the mystical properties of the pentagram, as well as five of the qualities that people most often seek in their lives, with those being love, money, health, power and wisdom. As such, it is often used in spells seeking financial gain, or by those who are otherwise seeking good fortune and self improvement. Among Hoodoo practitioners, it is sometimes carried in Mojo Bags specifically to bring love, money, health, power, and wisdom into their lives. In other traditions, it is also used to repel evil and negativity, particularly that which is caused by "the five fingers of man." 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. It has found great use in treating fevers and lowering them, as well as aiding in the treatment of diarrhea, to help prevent dehydration and other such further complication that can result.

Cinquefoil is used in many incense recipes.

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