Geraniums look pretty, but the roots of cranesbill contain a powerful ingredient called tannin.
Tannin is responsible for soothing the digestive tract, and it is useful in preventing and treating frequent diarrhea. Geranium has been used for centuries as a way to treat such problems. The raw plant was used in the past but it is available today in easy-to-use supplements.
Geranium best benefits those with mild gastrointestinal ailments. The presence of tannin in the herb may help alleviate diarrhea, inflammation in the bladder and other symptoms related to Crohn’s disease.
Historically, geranium was also used in folk medicine to stop abnormal bleeding, including that related to menstruation and uterine problems. Tannins can also act as a natural astringent to reduce inflammation and redness related to skin conditions, such as sores. Geranium may be applied topically to help treat haemorrhoids.
Less common uses of the herb are for the treatment of eye conditions, such as conjunctivitis and moderate retina irritations. Diabetic patients may turn to geranium as a possible natural treatment for vision problems.
Like many herbs, the healing power of geranium is derived from the roots. Capsules are the most common forms of the herb today, and they are best taken once or twice a day with a glass of water. Experienced herb users might opt for a tea version, which is brewed with hot water and consumed throughout the day. Tincture versions of geranium can be more powerful than tea and capsules, so it is important to take extra care. Generally, users take ½ a teaspoon at a time, twice a day.