Geranium maculatum

Geranium - Geranium maculatum (in the Geraniaceae or Geranium family)

Parts used: Root.

Taste/smell: Astringent.

Tendencies: Drying.

Dosage: Decoction: 1 teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:3.5 dry liquid extract: 10-60 drops 1-4 times per day in a little water.

Mental picture and specific indications: Geranium is indicated for relaxed, atonic mucous membranes where the lack of tone or ulceration allows unchecked hemorrhage or other loss of fluids.

Use: (a) Styptic, (b) Mucous membrane tonic.

Used for atonic tissues with discharges due to over-relaxation. Used for passive hemorrhages, diarrhea, ulceration of the mucous membranes and digestive tract, as well as venous atony.

The astringency of this herb makes it useful in any circumstance with abundant and debilitating discharges. It makes a nice astringent mouth rinse.

Geranium contains gallic acid, tannic acid, gum, pectin, starch, resin. The tannin is highest in spring roots collected prior to flowering.

Contraindications: Information unavailable at this time.

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