Herbs for Health – Geranium incanum – Vroue bossie
There are many varieties of geranium plants, but most are purely decorative. The hairs on the exterior of the flowers and flower stalks lie flat and are not spreading as in related species, with finely divided, silvery leaves and pale pink, violet or magenta flowers borne on long stalks.
This sprawling perennial, grows naturally along the south western coastal areas and in most gardens around South Africa, as long as there is not too much humidity. Do not over water. It will grow in full sun or slight shade, but must have some sun during the day.
The name Geranium comes from the Greek geranos, which refers to the seed capsules resembling the beak of a crane.
This attractive plant is very effective grown on banks, or as a border plant. It will also lend itself to hanging baskets or window boxes. It is pollinated by bees.
Traditionally the leaves are used for treating bladder infections, venereal diseases and menstruation-related ailments, as well as colic, diarrhoea, fever and bronchitis. The flowers are edible. I t has also been used as a hair rinse, and a scalp treatment for dandruff and flaky scalp.
Make an infusion (tea) of 2 tsp fresh leaves to 1 cup boiled water, allow to stand for 10 minutes, strain and drink.
Diarrhoea, bladder infections or colic – 1 cup x 3 daily. If symptoms persist seek alternate treatment.
Dysmenorrhoea (painful periods) – 1 cup x 3 daily for 2 – 3 days as needed.
NOTE – Do not use herbs medicinally if they have been grown in commercial fertilizers.
Yours in herbs,