Meadow geranium is a plant that is used in folk medicine as an anti-inflammatory and disinfectant.
As a medical raw material used roots, leaves, stems and inflorescences of meadow geranium.
Roots contain a lot of carbohydrates and starch. But most importantly, they contain tannins, catechins, flavonoids, as well as triterpene saponins and phenol carbonic acids.
The inflorescences, stems and leaves of the plant contain many glucose, fructose, sucrose, alkaloids, raffinose, saponins. Carotene, vitamin K, ascorbic acid is found in them. In addition, they contain anthocyanins, leucoanthocyanins, flavonoids, tannins with pronounced antibacterial properties.
Due to its rich composition, meadow geranium has been successfully used in the treatment of many diseases. The extract from the flowers, leaves and stems of the plant is able to exert both a stimulating and a depressing effect on the nervous system (depending on the dosage taken). In addition, the extract from the plant is used to bite a poisonous snake as an anti-toxic agent.
Healing infusions and decoctions made from any parts of the meadow geranium have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory effects on the body. They are used as analgesic, astringent, hemostatic, antipruritic agents.
The meadow geranium secretes bactericidal substances into the air, which inhibit activity and kill various microorganisms, including staphylococcus.
Also known are the properties of meadow geraniums that can lower blood pressure, regulate the work of the heart and blood vessels.
Essential oil from the plant is a good remedy for depression, increases mental and physical activity, helps to restore the skin, normalizes hormonal processes in the body.
Indications for use
The use of meadow geraniums in the form of decoctions and infusions of the roots is indicated for:
- Hemorrhoidal bleeding;
- Stomach ailments;
- Gynecological diseases;
- Urolithiasis and kidney stones;
- Respiratory diseases;
- Angina pectoris.
Powder, decoctions, infusions from any part of the plant are used as powders and lotions for boils, ulcers, non-healing wounds, add them to the baths.
Also, the use of meadow geranium is known for gargling with stomatitis, gingivitis, and sore throat.
Fresh leaves of meadow geranium are used as poultices for pains in the joints of an arthritic or rheumatic nature. Externally, they are used to get rid of dry corns, as well as snake bites.
Broth from the root of the plant is effective in the treatment of dysentery and dyspepsia. Chopped root is used in caries.
Properties of meadow geraniums are also used in cosmetology. When baldness and baldness with a decoction of grass wash their heads.
The powder from the leaves is used as a hemostatic and styptic, sprinkling them wounds and cuts.
Infusion Geranium meadow is used for diarrhea, gastritis, bleeding in the lungs, colic in the stomach and intestines, as well as for the dissolution of salts with gout and rheumatism.
The use of meadow geraniums inside is contraindicated in:
- Increased blood viscosity;
- Intestinal atony;
- Gastritis with high acidity;
Do not take decoctions and infusions of the plant for pregnant women who are breastfeeding a baby, as well as young children.
Homemade medicine from Geranium meadow
Properties of meadow geraniums are used to treat dysentery and diarrhea, preparing this infusion: 2 tablespoons of crushed stems and leaves of the plant pour 0.4 liters of water at room temperature (boiled). Cover and leave overnight. In the morning, the infusion is filtered and drunk throughout the day in small sips.
For tonsillitis and pharyngitis, 2 teaspoons of lingonberry leaves, 2 tablespoons of meadow geranium and 3 teaspoons of plantain leaves are prepared in advance. From these plants, infusions are prepared separately: each plant is poured with a glass of boiling water in a separate container and left to infuse for 20 minutes, after which it is filtered and combined. Infusion is used for inhalation as follows: a quarter cup of infusion is poured into the device for inhalation, add one cup of boiling water. Inhalation do 2 times a day for one week. Procedure time - no more than 3 minutes.
When angina is prepared decoction of meadow Geranium according to the following recipe: 1 tablespoon of leaves of the plant is poured with a glass of boiling water and boiled in a water bath for 5 minutes. Allow to cool, filter and caress broth throat.
In the presence of sand and kidney stones, the roots of the plant are used: 2 teaspoons of crushed dry roots are placed in a small saucepan and topped up with 1 cup of water. They put it on the fire, wait for boiling and simmer for 8 minutes, after which the broth is allowed to stand on the stove for about an hour. Filter and dilute with hot water to the initial volume. During the day, the broth should be drunk one sip.
The fresh juice of the plant stems helps to stop the bleeding from the nose. Enough a small piece of fleece moisten with juice and insert into the nostril. If there is no fresh plant at hand, you can use dry roots to make a decoction: 2 tablespoons of raw materials are poured with a glass of water, brought to a boil and boiled over low heat for 7 minutes. Allow to cool and take 1 tablespoon every hour until the bleeding stops.