Botanical name: Geranium robertianum
Other names: storkbill, cranesbill, red robin, fox geranium, bloodwort
Part used: aerial parts
Action (karma): astringent, antibiotic, adaptogen, antiviral, styptic, tonic, diuretic, digestive, sedative, antioxidant, antiseptic.
Dose: infuse 1 teaspoon of herb per cup of boiled water for 5 minutes taken 3 times a day. For sore throats, gargle a strong infusion of herb robert tea.
Contraindictions: it is recommended that any person on blood thinning medication be carefully monitored by their health card provider.
Herb robert is a supreme therapeutic herb, an excellent enhancer of the immune system. It carries oxygen to the cells, is a vigorous adaptogen, and one of the most powerful free-radical scavengers found in nature. Herb robert contains ellagic acid. Recent research has found that ellagic acid may slow growth of some tumors caused by certain carcinogens and has been used to fight and prevent cancer.
Ref: ‘Ayurvedic Medicine by Sebastian Pole; ‘Ayurvedic Pharmacology & Therapeutic Uses of Medicinal Plants’ by Vaidya V.M. Gogte; ‘Yogi of Herbs’ by V. Lad & D. Frawley; ‘Herbs Are Special’ by Isabel Shipard.