(Natural Herbs) Cranesbill

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Cranesbill Scientific Names and Common Names,Cranesbill Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Cranesbill Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Natural Herbs) Cranesbill


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties | Biochemical Information
Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Geranium maculatum L.GeraniaceaeGeramium family

Common Names

Alum root
American kino root
American tormentil
Spotted cranesbill
Spotted geranium
Wild cranesbill
Wild dovesfoot
Wild geranium
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Parts Usually Used

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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Cranesbill is a perennial plant 1-2 feet high with a thick rhizome and long stalked, palmately divided basal leaves; leaves broad, deeply 5-parted, segments toothed. Flowers pink to lavender (rarely white), 5 petaled, bowl shaped, grow in small terminal clusters, on long stalks in the axils of stem leaves; April-June. Fruits are like 5-part beaks, which split into spoon-shaped sections. Distinct “crane’s bill” in the center of the flower enlarges into seedpod. Full sun or partial shade. Zones 3-10. Not heat-tolerant.

The leaves of cranesbill (wild geranium) are often confused with those of Goldenseal, though cranesbill leaves are not wrinkled and have more deeply cut lobes.
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Where Found

Woods, thickets, on shady roadsides, and in meadows. Maine to Georgia; Arkansas, Kansas to Manitoba.
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Medicinal Properties

Astringent, styptic, antiseptic
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Biochemical Information

Root is tannin rich (10-20%), tannic and gallic acid, starch, sugar, pectin, gum.
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Useful as an infusion in cholera, diarrhea, and dysentery. Use tea for mouthwash for mouth sores and bleeding gums, and profuse menstrual bleeding, bleeding wounds, nosebleed, bleeding from extracted teeth. The dry powder sprinkled on a wound or cut will stop bleeding immediately. Used for old chronic ulcers. Strong tea solution rubbed on breasts will stop milk flow, rubbed on nipples will harden them. Internally, for piles inject as an enema 2-3 tbsp. of strong tea several times a day, and after each stool. Excellent for mucus and pus in the bladder and intestines, for leukorrhea or mucous discharges from any part of the body. Useful in diabetes or Bright’s disease. Externally, used as a folk cancer remedy.
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Formulas or Dosages

Use dried rhizomes (root).

For mucous discharges, try equal parts golden seal and cranesbill. Use a tsp. of each to a pint of boiling water. Let steep 30 minutes; use this liquid as an injection for piles, as a douche, or take internally, a tbsp. 4-6 times a day. Also, for hemorrhoids, combine finely powdered cranesbill with powdered yarrow. These made into an ointment or bolus by then adding melted coconut butter or vaseline until a doughy consistency is achieved. Roll this mixture into anal suppositories of about the thickness of the middle finger. Insert inch-long pieces into the rectum each evening before retiring.

For general use, steep 1 heaping tsp. in 1 cup of boiling water 30 minutes. Drink 1 or more cupfuls a day, a large mouthful at a time; children less according to age and weight.
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, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

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, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1988, fifth printing, 1994

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, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1973

, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, 1984

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, edited by William H. Hylton, Rodale Press, Inc. Emmaus, PA, 18049., 1974

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