Botanical name

Potentilla erecta

Common Names

Common tormentil




Belonging to the rose family, this creeping plant grows throughout Europe in grassy areas and on moors.  

Part supplied

The chopped root.

Food Use


Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.

Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.

The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.

Medicinal Use

Astringent herb traditionally used for diarrhoea.

Key actions: Antimicrobial, astringent, tonic.

In clinic: Herbalists use this herb internally and externally to treat conditions such as ulcers, gingivitis, laryngitis, wounds, haemorrhoids (externally, as a lotion) and gastroenteritis, diarrhoea (internally). 

If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.


Decoction: 1 teaspoon of herb to a cup of cold water, bring to the boil and leave to sit for 15 minutes. Or steep 1 teaspoon bark in cold water overnight. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.

Tincture: Take 5 ml (1:3 in 25% tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.

Dried Herb: Maximum of 12 g per day may be taken as a powder or capsules.

Other Uses

Cosmetic Use

None known.

Other Uses

Tormentil can be used as a vegetable dye, it produces red dye.  



This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Rosaceae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.

Side effects

Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.

Interactions with drugs

Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.

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Add to BagPotentilla erecta Tormentil root 100g £10.00
Add to BagPotentilla erecta Tormentil root 1kg £52.00
Add to BagTormentil Root Tincture 100ml (Potentilla erecta) £8.99
Add to BagTormentil Root Tincture 500ml (Potentilla erecta) £23.99
Add to BagTormentil Root Tincture 1 litre (Potentilla erecta) £47.99

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