Marsh geranium – marsh geranium

Name: Swamp geranium – marsh geranium

Swamp geranium (Geranium palustre); marsh geranium


Perennial herbaceous plant of the geranium family. The stem is 40-70 cm tall, erect, covered with stiff, deviated simple hairs. The leaves are pentagonal: the lower ones are in a basal rosette, finger-shaped, 5-7-parted; the upper ones are three-part. The flowers are regular, bisexual, 5-petalled, purple-red, rarely purple, in axillary umbels. The fruit is dry, splits into 5 one-seeded lobes. Blooms in July – September.

Spread. It occurs in forest areas and occasionally in the north of the Forest Steppe in swamps and wet meadows.

Raw. They use grass collected during the flowering of the plant.

The plant is unofficial .

Chemical composition . Geranium marsh grass contains tannins and ascorbic acid.

Pharmacological properties and use . Geranium preparations have an astringent effect. In folk medicine, they are used for pulmonary bleeding, gastritis and chronic enterocolitis, dysentery and digestive disorders accompanied by diarrhea. Decoctions of herbs are used to gargle throats with tonsillitis, wash purulent wounds.

Medicinal forms and applications . Herbal infusion (2 teaspoons of dry grass in 2 glasses of cold water, infuse for 8 hours) 1 tablespoon (for children – 1 teaspoon) every 2 hours: herbal infusion (in a ratio of 1:10, on vodka) 20 drops for pain in the heart

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