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Storkbill, Fox Geranium,
Dragon’s Blood, Wild Crane’s Bill;
Heaven’s Bread, Adebar’s Bread, Misery Bread, Anthrax herb, stinking
Bob, Rupert’s Herb, Robert’s Herb, Scab Herb, Red Flow Herb, God’s
Grace Herb, Warts Herb, Orvale
Name: Herba Ruperti
Plants grow 4-20 inches high with
reddish, thin, stiffly branched stems; leaves, stems and sepals are
covered with soft hair; leaves are triangular in shape, divided into
3-5 lobes, pinnatified-cleft; flowers are pink, crimson, or violet
with 5 petals and 3 white veins; fruits are bill-shaped, pointed,
about ¾ inch long.
Herb Robert is an annual that
winters over in some areas.
It self-seeds and propagates
easily and quickly. It prefers well-watered soil and shady places
but will grow in arid, sunny spots as well.
When gathering fresh flowering
plants to administer internally, choose large green ones; for
external applications, look for small blood red ones.
Hang the whole plants in bunches
to dry on a line in an airy place. When they are thoroughly dried,
cut them into small pieces and store them in an airtight container.
Greek name of the plant from
geranos meaning crane because the
fruits resemble a crane’s bill.
von Bingen recommended a mixture of Herb Robert, Pennyroyal and Rue
for melancholy 800 years ago.
Paracelsus later prescribed the
same mixture to his melancholic patients to be eaten powdered and
sprinkled on bread.
Herb Robert is named after the 11th
century healer, Robert of Moleme.
bitter compounds, geranin, tannins
and essential oil
In the past Herb Robert was used
mostly in veterinary medicine, especially fore the treatment of
blood in the urine and infectious diseases.
An application for melancholy and
sadness was recommended.
It stimulated the metabolism. It
is now occasionally employed in much the same way as American
cranesbill as an astringent and wound healer.
More investigation is needed as
according to one authority it is also effective against stomach
ulcers and inflammation of the uterus, and it has potential as a
treatment for cancer.
To treat chronic inflammation in
the gastrointestinal trace, try administering Herb Robert in the
form of a medicinal wine.
A simple one is made by filling a
large jar half and half with freshly plucked, chopped Herb Robert
and a good red wine.
Let the mixture stand for two
weeks before straining it into a corked bottle.
Sip by snifter before meals.
For external applications, the
freshly pressed juice of Herb Robert is best.
You can either apply the juice
directly to the area being treated or use it In compresses.
Herb Robert is available as “Herba
Geranii Robertiani and the homeopathic mother tincture “Geranium
robertianum is prepared from the fresh flowering plant.
Applications: Herb Robert
Tea: Use 2 teaspoons of the dried herb per cup of cold water,
letting the mixture step overnight. Never boil it!
A daily dosage is 2 cups.
the tincture by filling a dark mason jar with fresh chopped herb
Robert and enough grain spirit or fruit liqueur to cover.
Let the mixture steep for 3 weeks,
shaking the jar occasionally.
Strain the tincture into dropper
In acute cases, take 20-30 drops
Happy Heart: herb Robert, rue,
pennyroyal, 1 liter good red wine.
Take a handful each of fresh
flowering plants, chop them up, and put them in a jar.
Pour the red wine over them,
letting the mixture steep for 2 weeks.
Veterinary Medicine: Herb
Robert is an old remedy for cattle.
Considered a tonic, it has been
used by farmers for a long time to treat blood in the urine,. The
retention of urine, and kidney infections.
The freshly pressed juice is
effective for treating wounds and ulcers in animals as well as
Finally, skin rashes in pigs can
be rubbed with the fresh juice.
Uses: The Romans particularly
liked this vegetable, their so-called
was a popular garnish. The fresh roots taste like parsnips and they
are a delicacy when cooked or baked in a béchamel sauce.
The Encyclopedia of Medicinal
Chavallier, Dorling Kindersley, 1997; ISBN:
Medicine of the Earth, Susanne
Fischer-Rizzi, Rudra Press, 1996; ISBN: 0-915801-59-0
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