Mountain Rose Herbs

Cranesbill Root

Also known as

Geranium maculatum, Geranium robertianum, Wild Geranium, Alum Root, American Cranesbill, Spotted Cranesbill, Old Maid’s Nightcap, and Crowfoot.

Introduction

Cranesbill is a 2 foot high bush with erect, unbranched stems with “toothed” leaves and pinkish-purple flowers that grows in temperate woodlands across North America. Cranesbill is an unusually rich source of tannins.

Constituents

Tannins, which oxidize to give the tea a red color, also gums, resins, starch, anthocyanidins, and calcium oxalate.

Parts Used

Leaves (of herb Robert) or roots (of Geranium maculatum).

Typical Preparations

Tea, tincture, and poultice.

Summary

Cranesbill is used for its tannins, compounds that cause proteins in mucous membranes and other linings of the human body exposed directly to the tea to cross-link to prevent leakage or infection.

Precautions

None known.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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