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Blood geranium: medicinal properties and use in traditional medicine


Geranium blood red - anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, analgesic, hemostatic effect. The use of medicinal plants in official medicine is advisory in nature. Much more active is blood-red geranium; folk medicine uses it in different countries.

Synonym: Geranium blood red.

Latin name: Geranium sanguineum.

English name: bloody cranesbill, bloody geranium.

Family: Geranium - Geraniaceae.

Pharmacy name: Geranium grass is blood red.

Popular names: wolf foot

Used parts: grass, flowers, roots.

Botanical description: blood-red geranium is a perennial plant up to 70-80 cm high. In geranium there is a horizontal fleshy knotty rhizome and straight branched stems, the bases of which often turn red by autumn. Rounded leaves with pubescent petioles are successively divided into linear-lanceolate lobules. The leaves of this species of winter geranium, in the fall of the lower leaves become red. Numerous red flowers with obovate petals are located on long stalks. The fruit is a dry box, which is then broken up into single-seeded fragments. This species of geranium blooms from early summer to mid-July, the fruits ripen in July-September. Blood geranium can bloom and bear fruit for up to 12-15 years in a row. Her reproduction occurs both in seeds and segments of rhizomes.

Habitat: grows throughout the territory of Ukraine, but less frequently in the steppe regions, in the countries of the Western Mediterranean, Central Europe, and in the Caucasus.

Collection and preparation: grass is harvested - during the flowering of the plant, and the roots - after the fruits ripen, in the fall. Store raw materials in dry rooms.

Chemical composition: starch, salts of organic acids, ascorbic acid, tannins, anthocyanins, essential oils - the main chemical components of leaves and flowers of geranium. Tannins and bioflavonoids are also found in its roots.

Medicinal properties and application

The healing properties of blood-red geranium have found application in the treatment of malignant neoplasms, bone fractures, gastritis, enteritis, upper respiratory tract diseases, food poisoning, dysentery, insomnia, epilepsy, rheumatism and gout, angina pectoris and tachycardia, inflammation of the mucous membrane of the mouth and glands. tonsillitis, anal and genital fistulas, pustular skin lesions.

Geranium blood red in traditional medicine

The grass and the roots of blood-red geranium were used for various types of gastrointestinal disorders, enterocolitis. Geranium decoctions and infusions helped to normalize the work of the cardiovascular system. In recent years, data on the successful use of blood geranium rhizomes in the treatment of malignant tumors have appeared.

Recipes with blood red geraniums
  • Oncology. For all types of tumors, instead of water, they drink cold infusion of herbs: 1 tablespoon for 2 glasses of cold boiled water, leave for 8 hours, drink during the day.
  • Nose bleed. Insert a cotton wool dipped in grass juice into the nostril. In the absence of fresh herbs prepare a strong decoction of the roots (1-2 tablespoons per cup of water, boil for 5-7 minutes).
    Insist until cool, take 1-2 tablespoons every 2-3 hours until the bleeding stops.
  • Hemoptysis pulmonary, uterine and hemorrhoidal bleeding. To quickly stop them, you need to take 20-30 drops of fresh grass juice every 2-3 hours.
  • Angina pectoris. 5 tablespoons of dry grass of the meadow geranium pour 300 ml of boiling water, leave for 2-3 hours, drain.
    Take 1-2 tablespoons 4-5 times daily before meals.
  • Kidney stone disease. 10 g (2 teaspoons) of dry ground geranium roots with blood-red pour a glass of water, bring to a boil and boil on low heat for 7-8 minutes, leave for 1 hour, pour boiling water to the original volume.
    Take 2 tablespoons 4-5 times daily before meals.
    The value is that geranium does not push, but dissolves stones.
  • Schizophrenia. 2 teaspoons of blood geranium red for 2 cups boiled water.
    Insist 8-10 hours (set overnight).
    Take 1 tablespoon every 2-3 hours (has the ability to correct the patient's energy field, normalizing sleep, relieving irritability).

Contraindications. In the existing literature there are no established contraindications for geranium, but we would not recommend using it for increased blood viscosity, thrombosis, thrombophlebitis, as well as atony of the intestine and senile constipation, gastritis with high acidity.

Geranium blood - red

On the territory of the European part of our country, in bright forests, in glades and edges, among thin bushes there is a pretty flower of bright red color with beautiful carved palmate leaves - this is blood-red geranium. During its flowering period, this plant forms a dense curtain strewn with numerous dark red flowers.

Plant description

Blood geranium - red (Latin name Geranium sanguineum) - a plant that belongs to the genus Geranium, family Geranium and is a perennial, herbaceous, flowering plant. Geranium has a long, thick and fleshy rhizome, from which during the flowering period a dense cluster of flowering plants is formed, similar to a bush covered with flowers of red-carmine color.

The plant has a long growing season. The stalk of the geranium from the base is strongly branching, it can be either standing (up to 50-53 cm high) or lying, covered with long pale hairs. The lower leaves and base of the stems become reddish closer to the autumn.

Geranium leaves wintering, bright green, have scapes covered with hairs. Lamina palmate-divided, deeply divided into 5-7 cloves, linear-lanceolate form. Bottom sheet is also covered with hairs. Blooming geranium blood - red single correct-five-petal flowers, blood-red color, with long pedicels.

The petals are similar in shape to an inverted egg, twice as long as the egg-shaped brown bract, on top it is not very chiseled. It has 5 sepals, nectaries and petals. Sepals in geraniums with small spines on tips and oblong-ovate. The ovary has five filiform stigmas, five-lobed and five-nested. Forms the fruit dry, breaking up into 5 single-seed parts.

The flowering period begins in June, the fruits are formed closer to July, ripen in September. When released into the ground from the seeds of the plant develops, but it blooms only in the second year.

Medicinal properties of geranium blood - red

In official medicine, blood geranium is almost never used, although preparations containing this plant have a good therapeutic effect. The chemical composition of the plant contains tannins, various resins, flavonoids, anthocyanins, various alkaloids, carbohydrates, organic acids (malic, citric, etc.), calcium oxalate, essential oils, anthocyanins, mucus, bitter substances, carotene, ascorbic acid, etc. substances.

Due to such a large number of biologically active substances in the composition, blood-red geranium has astringent, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic, hemostatic properties, and also this plant has the ability to dissolve deposited salts.

Geranium in the form of infusions is used for diarrhea in children and adults, for rheumatism, gout, kidney disease, and they are also effective for uterine, pulmonary or nasal bleeding, as a hemostatic preparation, and for inflammation in the oral cavity, it is used in the form of rinsing. Also, infusions are used for local baths, lotions, compresses and washings for festering wounds and poorly healing cuts, ulcers and ulcers.

Due to the fact that the chemical composition of geranium includes tannins that cause anti-inflammatory and astringent effect, this plant is good for inflammation in the intestines, in the form of rinsing for inflammation of the upper respiratory tract.

Broths made from geranium roots are an antitumor agent and are also used to treat a number of skin diseases accompanied by severe itching. In addition, decoctions are used in the form of baths for bone fractures and for washing the hair when they fall out.

Preparation of medicinal raw materials

Practically all parts of the plant have medicinal properties, like grass with flowers, as well as roots and rhizomes.
The stems, leaves and flowers are harvested during the geranium flowering period, which lasts from June to July inclusive. Dried in the shade under a canopy, spread out in a thin layer on a clean bedding or on a fine mesh.

The finished raw materials are stored in a dry place, preferably in paper bags, not more than a year. Procurement of roots and rhizomes produced in the autumn, after the fruits ripen, starting in September. Roots are thoroughly washed, cut into small pieces and dried as well as the rest of the raw materials. Store no more than two years.


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In cardiovascular diseases

You will need: 1 tsp dry geranium roots blood-red.

Preparation and use: Picked roots pour 200 ml of boiling water and insist 8 hours, squeeze, strain, bring to the original volume. Drink during the day, divided into several portions. Acts as a sedative, well regulates cardiovascular activity, especially the infusion with high blood pressure. It is recommended to drink courses for 1 month with a break of 10-14 days.

With adrenal gland disease

You will need: 1 pinch of dry geranium blood-red grass.

Preparation and use: Pour grass with 1 cup of boiling water, leave for 10 minutes, strain, cool. Sip during the day. Take geranium tea when symptoms of an adrenal gland disorder appear - white spots on the neck, arms and body. The treatment is long, until the symptoms disappear.

With vitiligo

You will need: 50 g dry geranium roots blood red.

Preparation and use: chop the roots, pour in 1 liter of boiling water, leave for 4 hours, then strain and drain into a bath of warm water (+ 36-38 ° C). Take a bath before bed for 15-20 minutes. The course of treatment is 14 baths every other day.

Vitiligo is a skin disease characterized by the appearance of white on it, which has lost pigmentation of spots of various sizes and shapes, most likely caused by endocrine disorders.

With infertility

You will need: a pinch of fresh geranium flowers blood-red.

Preparation and use: Pour the flowers with 1 cup of boiling water, leave for 10 minutes, drain. Drink every day a married couple who has no children for a very long time.

This old znakharsky recipe, they say, is very effective, although from a scientific point of view, geranium does not have the properties that can cure infertility. I think a psychological attitude plays an important role here: couples who drink geranium infusion are so concerned about the emergence of the heir, are so unsure of their abilities that they recklessly believe the healer's advice. But the main thing is not the scientific substantiation of the recipe, but the fact that it really helps!

The disease is complex, requiring serious treatment under the supervision of a physician. From folk remedies, we can recommend a course of treatment consisting of 2 tinctures that are taken alternating with each other. Once a month in the intake of tinctures should be a break for 3-4 days. The general course of treatment is at least 1 year.

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Preparation and use: chop and mix thoroughly. 50 g of collection pour 500 ml of boiling water, heat it up (or place it in a thermos), leave for 30 minutes. Then cool to 50 ° C, add alcohol, insist 30 minutes. Strain. Drink 1 teaspoon 2-3 times a day for 2 weeks. Then go to the reception of the second tincture.

You will need: 1 tbsp. a spoonful of grass burnet herb, meadowsweet (six-legged meadowsweet), blood-red geraniums, fragrant violet, middle starfish (moorite), present-day starcher (skinny grass), field yarutka, eleutherococcus, Mari roots of the Good Heinrich (Mari's roots), and the body, and a piece of household, and a piece of household, and a piece of household and body, and a piece of household, and a piece of household and body, and a piece of household and body, and a piece of household, and a piece of a piece of household, and a piece of a piece of household, and a piece of household, and a piece of household, and a piece of household, and a piece of household, and a piece of a piece of household, a piece of charcoal, Eleutherococcus ml of pharmaceutical alcohol or vodka.

Preparation and use: chop and mix thoroughly. 50 g of collection pour 500 ml of boiling water, heat it up (or place it in a thermos), leave for 30 minutes. Then cool to 50 ° C, add alcohol, insist 30 minutes. Strain. Take 1 teaspoon 2-3 times a day for 2 weeks.

With cancer of the uterus

In folk medicine, blood-red geranium has long been used in cancer of the uterus. A well-known expert in the field of herbal medicine Andrei Zalomnikov believes that with this disease, the system of support for the official therapy with herbal teas is most effective. This allows you to enhance the effect of treatment, prevent complications and relapses. His recommendations are as follows.

You will need: 1 tbsp. a spoonful of comfrey root, a blood-red geranium, saxifrages, common wormwood, bergenia.

Preparation and use: chop the components and mix thoroughly. 1.5 Art. spoons of the mixture placed in a thermos, pour 500 ml of boiling water, infuse for 6 hours, drain. Use for wetting tampons that need to be deeply inserted into the vagina to the cervix overnight.

You will need: 5 tbsp. spoons roots agrimony, 4 tbsp. spoons of geranium roots blood red, 3 tbsp. spoons of the roots of the Siberian Hogweed, 2 tbsp. spoons of valerian root medicinal, comfrey medicinal, sparrow's red-root, 500 ml of vodka.

Preparation and use: 2 tbsp. spoon collection pour vodka and insist 2 weeks in a warm dark place. Take 1 teaspoon 3-4 times daily before meals.

With cancer

Rudolf Broys, a well-known Austrian healer, suggested an even more detailed method of treating oncological diseases with the participation of geraniums. It is believed that in more than 90 years of life he healed about 45 thousand patients from different countries of the world who were refused by official medicine. Of course, the body of each person is individual and you can not spend on him thoughtless experiments. Therefore, let me remind you once again: before you start using this or that method of treatment, consult your doctor.

So, the Broys method is as follows.

Fasting for 42 days. But fasting is not complete. Every day you need to drink 500 ml of a mixture of natural juices and 1 cup of herbal tea, changing its composition.

Healing Juice

You will need: 300 g red beets, 100 g carrots (punisher), 100 g celery root, 30 g black radish, 1 potato the size of a chicken egg.

Preparation: skip peeled vegetables through a juicer, then filter the juice through a fine tea strainer or through a cloth.

Kidney tea

You will need: 15 g of horsetail, 10 g of stinging nettle, 8 g of highlander bird (knotweed), 6 g of Hypericum perforatum.

Preparation and use: pour a pinch of collection with 200 ml of boiling water, leave for 10 minutes, then strain, drain the residue with 2 cups of hot water and boil for another 10 minutes. After that, strain and mix the resulting liquid. Tea to drink only 3 weeks: in the morning - on an empty stomach, in the afternoon - before meals, in the evening - before bedtime.

Treatment regimen

Early in the morning, drink 1/2 cup of cold kidney tea slowly. After 30-60 minutes drink 1-2 cups of warm sage tea. After another 30-60 minutes to drink a small sip of juice, and not immediately swallow, but it is good to rinse the mouth. After 5-7 minutes - again a sip of vegetable juice. In the morning, you can make 10-15 sips of juice. But only at will. In between receptions of juice - again tea from sage, only now you have to drink it cold and as much as you want.

In the middle of the day - again 1/2 cup of kidney tea. In the afternoon - only a small sip of vegetable juice.

During the day, sip 1 cup of cold geranium infusion.

Broys recommends that those who are difficult to endure hunger, eat onion soup.

Broy's Onion Soup

You will need: 1 onion the size of a lemon, 500 ml of water, 250 ml of vegetable broth, a little vegetable oil.

Preparation: finely chop the onion with brown skin, fry in vegetable fat until golden brown, add water and cook until the onion is soft, then add the broth, mix well and strain. Drink only clear soup without onions!

Chemical composition

The rich chemical composition of blood-red geranium caused its medicinal properties in the fight against many ailments. So in any part of it can be found. tannins (play an important role in the normal functioning of the human body), and in the stems and leaflets also glucose, sucrose, fructose and ascorbic acid are present.

It also contains vitamin K, carotene and alkaloids. With more careful chemical analysis of the plant, it is easy to notice the presence of starch, organic salts, anthocyanins and even essential oils, which are the main building material for flowers and leaves of geranium. In addition to the mentioned starch, the root system also contains bioflavonoids.

With angina pectoris

If you are constantly tormented by pain in the chest and it seems that someone squeezes it with a vice, making it difficult to breathe, then the following recipe from geranium will help to eliminate these manifestations of angina.

For 5 large spoons of dried grass, you must take 300 ml of water (boiling water) and, after mixing, leave to infuse for 2-3 hours. The finished composition must be filtered and you can begin to use one or two tablespoons 4 times a day. The duration of this infusion should not exceed two weeks.

With depression, nervous and mental disorders

Who is constantly suffering from depression or other mental disorders are often manifested, another recipe from blood-red geranium will do. For 1 cup of boiling water there is 1 teaspoon of dried plant leaves, and after infusion (15 minutes is enough), you can divide the amount of medicine obtained into equal parts and drink during the day.

This recipe can be used at least every day, again and again brewing a new tool. However, the course of treatment should not exceed 1 month and it is better to consult with your doctor in advance about the appropriateness of using the plant.

Geranium properties will help to cope with excessive nervousness and insomnia., you just need to properly prepare the healing broth. In this case, for 1 large (tablespoon) spoon of chopped geranium root, it is necessary to prepare 0.5 liters of water at room temperature, and after mixing, put everything on a low heat and boil for 10 minutes.

Ready broth leave to infuse for an hour, and then drink 2 tablespoons throughout the day (for 8-10 receptions).

For prostate cancer

Oncological diseases are always very serious and, of course, it is hardly possible to help the cause with folk remedies alone, but as an auxiliary component of treatment they are quite appropriate.

Even with prostate cancer condition can be alleviated by the following infusion: 10 ml of powder from the geranium root should account for 200 ml of boiling water. After mixing, the vessel with the finished composition must be placed in a water bath and left there for half an hour.

After the specified time, the finished product is cooled and filtered, and then it is completely ready for use. The intake of this medicinal composition is performed three times a day, one tablespoon for half an hour before meals.

Fragrant geranium (pelargonium)

Perennial herbaceous plant of warm climatic zone. Many species of geraniums are popular indoor flowers. In folk medicine, it is valued bactericidal, antiseptic, hemostatic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic effect.

The beneficial properties of fragrant geraniums were discovered in the plant’s homeland, South Africa. In Europe, the plant was brought in the XVI century. It came to Russia at the end of the 18th century, it was considered an elite flower that decorated royal greenhouses and noble gardens. In England in the XIX century, about 1000 varieties of this flower were bred. In botany, it is customary to distinguish between winter-hardy and heat-loving varieties of this plant, but in the open field they cannot grow in a temperate climate. Therefore, many varieties of geraniums in our latitudes have become houseplants. Today, to obtain valuable essential oil, this flower is cultivated by industrial methods in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and in the Mediterranean countries.

Healing action

Medicinal properties of room geraniums:

  • bactericidal,
  • wound healing
  • antispasmodic,
  • painkillers
  • soothing
  • relaxing
  • absorbable
  • hemostatic,
  • anti-inflammatory,
  • decongestants,
  • tightening
  • emollients
  • rejuvenating
  • antivirus,
  • antibacterial,
  • insecticidal,
  • diuretics,
  • immunostimulating.

What are the healing properties of geranium leaves? They contain:

  • essential oil,
  • phytoncides,
  • flavonoids,
  • pectins
  • resin,
  • tannins
  • gum,
  • glycosides,
  • tannins,
  • organic acids
  • mineral substances (especially a lot of calcium),
  • carbohydrates
  • saponins
  • coumarins
  • starch.

The composition was found fragrant geraniol. It has an antimicrobial effect, and is also widely used in cosmetology and perfumery. However, geraniol has harmful properties - it can cause allergies and poisoning during overdose and prolonged use.

Hemorrhoids also help decoction of the leaves of the plant. It is necessary to fill in 250 ml of 50 g of crushed geranium leaves. Boil in a water bath for 15 minutes, then filter. To apply the gauze moistened in broth to hemorrhoidal cones for 5 minutes. It is necessary to carry out such therapy twice a day.

With constipation It is recommended to use 100 ml of infusion twice a day. The infusion is prepared according to the classic recipe: 20 g of raw material is filled with 250 ml of boiling water.

There is also a special infusion after chemotherapy. To prepare it you will need a special kind of plant - Robert Geranium. Preparing a decoction as follows:

  • We take one spoonful of plants (precisely geraniums of Robert).
  • Brew in a glass of boiling water.
  • Give brew for 30-40 minutes.
  • Cooked infusion drink throughout the day in the amount of 200 ml (consumed in small sips).
  • The course of therapy is two months.

This drug infusion is recommended for use by people who have undergone chemotherapy. Drink removes from the body toxic substances and radionuclides, and also contributes to the rapid recovery.

Geranium contains some beneficial compounds that inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

With cancer the following recipe comes in handy: pour 1 tbsp. l dried meadow geranium with a glass of cold boiled water. Leave to insist all night. Ready infusion taken in small doses throughout the day. The course of treatment is two months.

In case of kidney disease Pour into the enameled container with 300 ml of water. When the water boils pour in the pan 15 g of dried blood-red geraniums. Then boil it over low heat for 7-10 minutes. After that, cool and filter. Accept medical decoction of 2 tbsp. l five times a day. Broth contributes to the dissolution of stones.

Geranium leaves and roots

Geranium leaves can be used as cold remedies. Take the freshly torn leaves of geraniums and wrap their big toes with them. Wrap a bandage on top and put on socks. The procedure is recommended for the night.

With high blood pressure It is necessary to tear the sheet and attach it to the wrist, securing with a pharmacy bandage. After half an hour to take off.

With epilepsy need a plant root. Prepare it for use should also be a certain way:

  • It is crushed and 1 tbsp. l of the resulting raw material is poured 250-300 ml of hot water.
  • Capacity put in a water bath.
  • Boil on low heat for 10 minutes.
  • Broth filter.
  • Use 2 tbsp. l 2-3 times a day.

To eliminate the earache a freshly picked geranium leaf will help; it is necessary to slightly stretch and put in the ear canal. This method will reduce pain and relieve inflammation.

To relieve toothache The geranium leaf is slightly chewed and applied to a sore tooth or inflamed gum for 20 minutes.

Procurement of raw materials and storage

Geranium roots are best harvested in early autumn or spring. They are collected, cleaned of dirt, washed well and then dried. You can dry the raw materials both in the oven (at a temperature of 50 degrees) and in a special dryer. Store it in cardboard boxes or sealed plastic packaging.

For medicinal purposes, use all parts of the geranium: roots, stems, leaves and flowers.

The leaves are harvested at the beginning of flowering plants. If the flower is not indoor, then it is better to pick it off in dry sunny weather. Drying materials is recommended in a dark, well-ventilated area. Or, you can also use a special dryer at a temperature of 40 degrees.

For storing leaves it is better to choose cloth bags, such as linen. In such conditions, the plant will be able to retain all its healing properties for a whole year.