Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 2. THE HERBS

GERANIUM

PELARGONIUM

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Geranium’s mother country is South Africa but it has been used around the world for centuries to fight infections, colds, wounds, and more. A powerful astringent, it is known for opening, cleaning, and shrinking the size of your pores (a beauty must-have for youthful skin). You’ll find it in tonics, toners, skin creams, serums, and moisturizers. Also a mood booster, add it to a diffuser on your office desk or near your bath to heighten spirits and combat stress. Herbalists (along with centuries of anecdotal evidence from healers and doctors) say it’s worth adding to your arsenal of remedies for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties.

Did You Know?

Early settlers to North America used it for stomach ailments like diarrhea, cramps, and gastric ulcers as well as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and killing lice. A known infection fighter, you’d find geranium in remedies for vaginal infections, menstrual flow, toothaches, and even severe issues like typhoid fever.

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Herbal Power

MEDICINAL: Treats digestive conditions, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), canker sores, gum disease, vaginal discharge, hemorrhoids, wounds, bleeding; balances hormones, menstruation, and moods; detoxifies system.

COSMETIC: Works as an astringent.

Application Methods

•Apply as a tincture, oil

•Drink as a tea

•Eat in food

•Use in aromatherapy

•Use as an astringent in toners, splashes, tonics, creams, shampoos

Precautions

Spotted geranium is generally considered safe with no known risks or side effects reported.

Other Names

Cranesbill

Spotted Cranesbill

Wild Geranium

Wood Geranium

Locating & Growing

Geraniums are fairly easy to grow, able to withstand a variety of harsh conditions like drought or heat. Their perfect situation is full sunlight, warm temps, and a covered location, making it ideal for a windowsill indoors.