Herbs Guide


Family Name: Geraniaceae

Botanical Name(s): Pelargonium Odoratissimum

Popular Name(s): Apple Geranium, Alum Root, Wild Geranium, Chocolate Flower and Wild Cranesbill.

Parts Used: Dried rhizome leaves.

Habitat: It is a native of Europe.

Description: A perennial grows from 1 to 2 feet high. The entire plant is erect and unbranched, more or less covered with hairs; the leaves deeply parted, each division again cleft and toothed. Flowering time is April to June and flowers are rosy purple in color.

Uses: The leaves are added to desserts, fruit drinks, sauces and punches. Geranium essential oil has a balancing effect on the mind and nervous system, relieving anxiety, depression and especially stress. It also has a balancing effect on the hormonal system and helps both with heavy menstrual flow as well as vaginal dryness. It tones up the waste and water removal in the body and perks up the kidneys and liver, as well as the lymphatic system. Used for skin care, it balances the production of sebum and clears sluggish congested skin.