Cinque Foil Herb also know as five fingers, crampweed, five leaf grass, goosegrass, goose tansy and silverweed to name a few.
As I was weeding away the dandelions away from my wild irises I noticed this weed that was trying to invade them as well. And I reached out to a Facebook group Alaskan Harvesters that I am in and asked if anyone knew. Some told me a weed pull out, and some others told me it has wonderful medicinal qualities. So I checked out the links and it looks like they have strong medicinal qualities which is great!
It is an astringent, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, tonic, antiseptic, hemostatic and antiphlogistic (which I have no idea but I am going to look it up).
It was used for a laxative by the Paiutes, can be used for a red dye. It is also good for diarrhea, enteritis, inflammation of the mucous membranes in the mouth and bleeding gums, cancker sores, dysentery and much more!
I don’t know how I am going use it either dry it, grind up the roots, make a salve, or put it in a tincture. But once I figure out how I will use it I will definitely share my recipes and the process.
Here are some links with Crampweed information.
On another note! The dandelions are trying to take over my beautiful wild irises and me personally I prefer the iris over the dandelion. I started weeding without even thinking of using the dandelion roots and halfway thru I realized that the dandelion roots are very medicinal and are strong! So I went back to my weed piles and started taking off the roots and setting them aside. I have harvest a bunch of flowers for dandelion salve but have yet to harvest the flowers for dandelion jelly. That is my list this weekend when I can set aside time to take care of the dandelion flowers.
SO! But I did gather some dandelion roots and rinsed them off immediately and they are sitting in the sun drying. Once they are dried and cleaned good I will grind them and figure out what to do with them. Dandelion root is super good for your health! So before you rip out the roots see if you want to harvest them for medicinal or share them with someone who will use them medicinally.
Here are some awesome links to check out!