Geranium Field: medicinal properties
What is known about the useful qualities of the field geranium? What substances are contained in its structure? How to properly harvest and harvest a plant for the preparation of medicines? What has the medicinal properties and contraindications of geranium field? The answers to these and other questions can be found in our article.
Field Geranium: Description
The plant is a perennial herb that has a thick, powerful rhizome. Shoots can reach a height of 80 cm or more. Has an erect, branched close to the top of the stem. The top contains a sticky substance that acts as a natural plant protection against small pests. Adhesive composition does not allow insects to reach the inflorescence.
Geranium Field, photo of which can be seen in the article, has long-rounded round leaves covered with small hairs. On the stems are formed large solitary flowers of lilac-red hue. Each of them contains 5 petals. The plant gives fruits in the form of beak-like seeds. Blossoms geranium field from June to September.
A short digression into the history of
Europeans discovered the field geranium in the late 17th century. The first plant bushes were brought into the Old World from South African countries. Soon the plant began to enjoy extreme demand among the poor. Field geranium was appreciated for its attractive appearance, unpretentiousness to the conditions of cultivation, a wide range of medicinal properties. The poor used such grass to disinfect the air, to eliminate dampness in homes.
In folk medicine, geranium field has been actively used since the middle of the 19th century. At this time, studies were conducted that proved the antibacterial properties of the plant. Leaves of grass were used to prepare medicinal drops, which were prescribed to people suffering from staphylococcus. Tinctures from field geraniums were sprayed in rooms with an unfavorable environment with the aim of destroying pathogenic microorganisms.
Chemical composition of
In the plant roots, starch, catechins, flavonoids, saponins, phenol carboxylic acids are concentrated. Stems and leaves are saturated with fructose, sucrose, raffinose, glucose, carotene, vitamins of group K, ascorbic acid. Anthocyanins and tannins are also extracted from shoots.
Features of raw material procurement
The field geranium in the garden is cultivated with the same success as in the natural growth conditions for the plant. Grow it to collect rhizomes and leaves. It is these parts of the plant that have medicinal properties.
Prepare the field geranium in the course of active flowering. The collected shoots are laid out in a thin layer under the canopy, which is able to protect the raw material from direct sunlight. Store such raw materials in a wooden or glass container, pre-chop.
As for the rhizomes, they are harvested at the end of autumn. Before drying, shake off the ground, thoroughly washed and laid out in the shade. Such raw materials are distributed into bags made of natural materials. You can store rhizomes for 3 years. During this time the raw material retains its useful properties.
For medicinal purposes, fresh geranium juice is often used. Also apply mashed stems, shredded leaves of the plant.
Geranium Field: Therapeutic Properties
The plant is widely known for its sedative properties. The aerial part of the grass can be used to make medicines that are capable of acting on the nervous system both excitingly and depressingly.
In folk medicine it was believed that the geranium field also helps with the snake bite. Photos of this famous antitoxic remedy can be seen in the presented section. If a snake bites, fresh crushed leaves of such grass are applied to the poisoned place.
The plant has long been known among folk healers for its anti-inflammatory and astringent qualities. Tinctures, prepared from dried geranium, are recommended for use in the emergence of malignant tumors. Such remedies are also used for the purpose of prompt recovery of bone tissue in fractures.
Decoctions prepared on the basis of rhizomes of the field geranium, contribute to the elimination of insomnia. They are also used for colds, in order to eliminate infections of the organs of the gastrointestinal tract. Funds based on geraniums can help in the fight against gastritis, facilitate the treatment of hemorrhoids.
All kinds of powders from shredded shoots of plants are used for healing wounds, eliminating abscesses, ulcerous manifestations. Gadgets are used for rheumatism, gout.
Geranium decoctions are an excellent disinfectant for mouth rinsing. They are used for stomatitis, gingivitis, angina. Plant-based tinctures provide an opportunity to eliminate the symptoms of ailments that affect the upper respiratory tract.
Therapy with field geranium is not recommended for use in pregnancy. Active substances in the plant can damage the fetus and even lead to miscarriage.
Do not use all kinds of tinctures from geranium to people suffering from chronic pathologies that affect the organs of the gastrointestinal tract. The same goes for the elderly.
Geranium in diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Healers recommend the use of the plant in cases of osteochondrosis and radiculitis. An effective means are the crushed leaves of geranium. The latter is applied to the sore spots and left overnight. Such treatment contributes to the removal of the pain syndrome and to alleviate the general condition.
Elimination of pain in the ears
Field geranium can eliminate discomfort in otitis media development. In this case, the crushed leaf of the plant is placed in the ear. The juice of a medicinal plant disinfects tissues, prevents the development of inflammatory processes, removes unpleasant sensations.
Tinnitus in some people may occur in response to an increase in atmospheric pressure. In such situations, the frayed leaves of the field geranium are combined with camphor oil and buried in the ear canal. Relief occurs after 10-15 minutes.
Treatment of diseases of the thyroid gland
Geranium helps with the so-called goiter. The pathological phenomenon is manifested by an increase in the volume of the thyroid gland. In order to reduce the functional activity of this organ, which, in fact, leads to discomfort, the following remedy is used.
Several handfuls of field geraniums are placed in a glass jar and poured with alcohol( half-liter).Insist the medication for a month, shaking the compound from time to time. In conclusion, the product is carefully filtered through several layers of gauze or a fine screen, throwing out all the cake. Take a healing infusion 3 times a day for a tablespoon before eating. To significantly reduce the amount of thyroid gland, it is enough to drink more than a liter of alcoholic composition throughout the month. If necessary, the course can be repeated.
Treatment of hemorrhoids
In order to stop hemorrhoidal hemorrhage, the use of juice squeezed from fresh shoots and plant leaves is recommended. To prepare the product, it is sufficient to grind such raw material in a meat grinder or with a blender. To feel relief, it is necessary to regularly apply lotions based on plant gruel.
Geranium for thrush
The plant also helps with common fungal manifestations, in particular, in case of thrush. To relieve the sensation of itching, pharmacy tincture of field geranium is used, a few drops of which are dissolved in a glass of warm water. The solution is used as a means for regular syringing.
Elimination of a stomach upset
Field geranium can help with the development of diarrhea. For this purpose, use a medicine that is prepared from the dried root of the plant. To prepare the preparation take about 30 grams of raw materials, brew it in a glass of boiled water and insist for 5-10 minutes. The composition is filtered and periodically used in small portions, until the disappearance of diarrhea.