Geranium

Latin:  Geranium pelargonium and other species

Family:  Geraniaceae

Parts Used:  Roots

Taste/Energetics:  Pungent, bitter, slightly cooling

Properties:  Astringent, antiomicrobial, demulcent, diuretic, analgesic, vulnerary, antidepressant

Actions:  As a whole herb taken internally, geranium is primarily useful as an astringent, helping in cases of diarrhea, excessive menstrual bleeding and hemorrhages.  its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties make it useful for headaches, migraines and arthritic pain.  It has antimicrobial and immunostimulating properties that can make it useful for the onset of a cold or flu.

Geranium is also used quite a bit in aromatherapy and has a nice pleasing and uplifting quality and it helps reduce anxiety, headaches, high blood pressure and helps to relax tension in the body.  Very useful for those who feel wound up, stressed and anxious.

Dose:  Decoct 2-4 tsp in pint of hot water for 40 mins.  1-3 ml tincture, to 2 x/day.  Often used as essential oil.

Contraindications:  Standard essential oil precautions.