Latin Name: Geranium maculatum
Uses: Cranesbill has a high tannin content so the herb has both astringent and antiseptic properties. Used for mouth ulcers, inflamed gums, sore throat, diarrhea, internal bleeding, cholera, STI’s, irritable bowel syndrome(IBS), dysentery, gastro-intestinal catarrh, ulcers, colitis as well as hemorrhoids.
Cranesbill leaves and rhizome is available commercially in dried, tea or tincture extract form.
Tincture – 2 ml to 4 ml in a glass of water taken three times a day.
Decoction – one or two teaspoons of the dried rhizome in a cup of cold water and bring the mixture to boil. Simmer the mixture for ten to fifteen minutes and then allow the mixture to cool down before filter it.
Safety Concerns: Do not use long term as tannins may damage the liver. Pregnant or nursing mothers should not take.
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