Goose thimble

Potentilla anserina L.

The rose family is Rosaceae


What does it look like? A perennial herbaceous plant with a strong taproot covered with brown remnants of stipules. The stems are arcuately raised, 10-30 cm long, covered in the same way as petioles and peduncles, with white or gray felt with an admixture of rare simple hairs. Basal and lower stem leaves are long-petioled, consist of 6-7 leaves, middle and upper leaves of 3-5 leaves. Leaflets are inverted-ovate, with a narrow coccine-shaped base, at the top with 2-5 teeth on each side of the leaf; bare on top or with rather long sparse hairs, green, shiny, white downy, silvery underneath. Flowers with a pleasant smell, slightly astringent to the taste, 1.5-2 cm in diameter, yellow, on thin peduncles. Fruits are finely wrinkled, small ovoid achenes. Blooms in June – September.

Where does it grow? On the slopes, meadows, pastures, fields, fallows, near the houses, sometimes in small thickets on the edges of forests, meadows, in bushes, along the roadsides – throughout the territory of Ukraine. It is rare in the Polyny Steppe, absent in the Carpathian forests.

What and when are collected? All grass – during flowering (dried in a draft, in an attic under an iron roof), seeds – in autumn.

When is it used? As an astringent, diuretic, blood-healthy, hemostatic, pain-relieving agent for spasms and stomach and uterine pains, for painful menstruation; to regulate the functional activity of the large intestines, in case of constipation; with gallstones and liver diseases (tannins, bitterness, resin, organic acids, flavonoids, mucus, salts, vitamin C are effective).

How tea is prepared like this. Take 1 tablespoon of the herb per 1 glass of boiling water, infuse for 10 minutes and drink 2-3 glasses during the day. It is used as a decoction. Boil 20 g of grass for 5 minutes in 200 ml of water and drink 1 tablespoon three times a day for spasms and pain. In case of painful menstruation, compresses from this plant are also placed on the lower part of the abdomen, and 1 tablespoon of a mixture of goose foxglove grass, pepper mustard grass and lemon balm grass in a ratio of 3:2:1 in 1 glass of boiling water (for 10 minutes) is taken inside. of which they drink 3 glasses a day.

In case of gastric colic, vomiting and spasm of the gatekeeper, in particular in younger children, good results are obtained from goose foxglove (in a ratio of 5:100 water) in a dose of 1-3 teaspoons of decoction with milk to stop vomiting.

To prevent miscarriage, drink a decoction of foxglove seeds in milk (1 teaspoon of seeds per 1 glass of milk). Drink during the day, 2 times a day.

For gallstone disease and liver diseases, drink fresh goose finger juice mixed (equally) with fresh green rye juice – 1 tablespoon of the mixture, three times a day.

A steam or decoction is used to rinse the mouth with a toothache, with scurvy, to strengthen the gums; it is also used for baths and compresses for bleeding wounds. Fresh leaves heal wounds.

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