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Here are some key health benefits of tormentil root and ways it can be used:
- Powerful astringent properties due to high tannin content. This makes it useful for treating diarrhea, intestinal inflammation, and irritable bowel syndrome when taken as a tea.
- Anti-inflammatory effects help reduce swelling, irritation, and pain when applied topically. Can be used for skin conditions like rashes, wounds, hemorrhoids.
- Antimicrobial and antioxidant effects help protect against infection and cellular damage. May be beneficial for urogenital inflammation.
- Helps alleviate mild bleeding when applied topically, like bleeding gums, small cuts, nosebleeds. The astringent action constricts blood vessels.
- May aid in treating sore throats, mouth ulcers, and gum inflammation when used as a gargle or mouthwash.
- Taken internally as a tea, it can reduce excess mucus production associated with colds and respiratory infections.
- Applied externally it can aid minor burns, sunburns, and insect bites due to tissue healing and anti-inflammatory action.
Tormentil root can be prepared as a tea, tincture, infused oil, powder, capsule, poultice or salve. It also combines well with other herbs like marshmallow root, plantain, and calendula for enhanced effects. Always use tormentil root sparingly and discontinue use if irritation develops.
To make a therapeutic tormentil root tea, gently simmer 1-2 teaspoons of dried root in 8 oz water for 15 minutes. Drink up to 3 cups per day to utilize its internal healing effects. For external use, create a poultice by grinding the root into a paste with hot water. Apply directly to minor wounds, inflammatory skin conditions, varicose veins or hemorrhoids.