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Boost fertility with this forgotten herb
Vitamins: A, B, C
Minerals: calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, germanium,
Actions: antioxidant, antiseptic, astringent, antibiotic, adaptogen, antiviral, styptic, tonic, diuretic, digestive, sedative, anti- diabetic
Edible parts: Fresh leaves can be eaten or tossed into a mug to make a tea. The flower and leaves can be dried and stored so that it can be used throughout the winter months as a tea or tossed into salads as a nutrient booster. The root can be dried and used.
Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) was named after a French monk who lived in 1000 AD. The monk cured many people suffering from various diseases using this miraculous plant.
Herb Robert is sometimes called "Stinky Bob" because of its unpleasant odor, and also known as cranesbill, bloowort, red robin, and felonwort.
Some herbalists also refer to Herb Robert as a ‘forgotten treasure’ partly because it is one of those herbs that has multiple uses in terms of its health giving properties, but also, and not least, because it has been found to be helpful in the treatment of certain forms of cancer, fertility treatments and boosting the immune system.
Herb Robert for Fertility
Herb Robert contains natural progesterone. It stimulates fertility in both women and men, with beneficial effects on the uterus for pregnancy preparation and support.
Studies show that Herb Robert contains increased amounts of germanium, an oligoelement with a strong effect of stimulating cellular oxygenation.
Herb Robert being a natural regulator, its benefits on the reproductive system are related to the healing of diseases such as uterine fibroma, ovarian dysfunction, ovarian cysts, abnormal menses, amenorrhea, benign tumors in general.
In men, Herb Robert is an incentive to produce quality sperm. Herb Robert is efficient especially in hormonal and psychological impotence, except in the vascular impotence.
The Self Healing Herbs site recommends the following tea for male impotence (when due to hormonal causes or due to excessive wear of the body).
- Herb Robert tea or Herb Robert juice (when in season, raw plant): 6 tablespoons a day, combined with fresh goat milk or cow milk.
- Otherwise, take Herb Robert powder, 1 teaspoon 4 times a day.
This treatment lasts for 3-6 months, and it is said to have lasting results.
For women, treatment for uterine fibroma, ovarian cysts, polycystic ovaries and benign tumors in general, the following are recommended:
- Use Herb Robert powder, 3-4 teaspoons a day for a minimum of 6 months.
- Combine equal parts of these fertility herbs powder: Herb Robert, Lady's mantle, Blackberry leaves, Sage grass, Nettle seeds and flowers, Common Celandine grass and Purple loosestrife. Take a full teaspoon of this combination 4 times daily on an empty stomach. Repeat this treatment for 10 days with 5 days rest.
- Apply to the ovaries warm poultices with Common Horsetail, then do a gentle massage.
- For Hypermenorrhea (abundant menses) and weakness during the menstrual cycle, drink Herb Robert tea (2-3 cups a day) and take 3-4 teaspoons of Sage powder (Salvia officinalis) per day with little water.The effects are stronger if the treatment is started 3 days before the cycle. If your menstrual cycle is irregular, keep this treatment for 3 months.
- For menstrual cycle disorders (prolonged bleeding, amenorrhoea), use Herb Robert powder, 1 teaspoon 4 times daily on an empty stomach.
More medicinal uses:
Herb Robert herbal tea treatments usually take at least 3 months. The tea is prepared in various ways specific to a particular disease, most times with water, unsweetened and no lemon.
The leaves, stems, and delicate flowers can be used for: diarrhea, to improve functioning of the liver and gallbladder, to reduce swelling (inflammation) and to prevent the formation of stones in the kidney, bladder and gallbladder.
For any other therapeutic use, or people wishing to use it as a preventative and strengthen their immune system, the leaves and stems (fresh or dried) can be used as a tea, sweetened with honey, if desired. Some people blend the leaves together with fruit juice, or add to vegetables and fruits when juicing.
A tea or infusion made from this herb is said to help remove toxins, heavy metals
and radiation from the body. This can also be done as a foot bath to assist in detoxing the body from harmful toxins and heavy metals. This is highly recommended for people who have been subject to many x-rays, or people continually working in the fields of computers, cell phones, and other electronics, giving radiation, infrared and microwave irradiation.
Herb Robert also has long history of use in the treatment of skin conditions. It’s main applications were to treat skin conditions like eczema, hives, badly healing wounds, ulcers and itchy skin.
As a mouthwash or gargle the herb can be effective against thrush, inflammation of the mouth and throat, tonsillitis and toothaches.
Rubbing the leaves on the skin is said to repel mosquitoes.
It can give good results in rheumatism, alleviating pain in cancer, pulmonary disease - in addition to recommended treatments.
Germanium and Cancer
Nobel Prize winner Dr. Otto Warburg said: "The prime cause of cancer is lack of oxygenation of the cells". He discovered that cancer cells could not exist in the presence of abundant oxygen, but only in an anaerobic state. Cells that experience a lack of oxygen cannot get the nutrients to regenerate. Those cells then become anaerobic, the state that leads to pain, disease, wayward cells and cancer.Oxygen plays such an important role in cell health and immune function.
It has also been found that an extract of Herb Robert may slow the growth of bacteria and viruses, and it can be helpful in the treatment of certain forms of cancer because it boosts the immune system.
These health benefits are due to the germanium found in Herb Robert. Germanium helps the body due to its unique ability to make more oxygen available to the cells, and in turn, this helps the body fight diseases and heal quickly.
Growing Herb Robert
The best thing about growing Herb Robert is that this plant is very tolerant in shade areas of the garden and also in gravel. Many people complaint that it is stinky, but as long as you don't touch it too much, you will not smell it too much.
Those usual neglected corners of the garden will do just fine, and Herb Robert does look very pretty with its little delicate flowers, velvet leaves and unusual purple-green steams.
It can be grown from seeds, but I have also have great success transplanting.
Herb Robert grows by itself in road sides and other areas of Europe and USA, and it is very easy to identify. Most people consider it a weed not realizing how amazing this humble little plant is.
This plant is very resilient and it will self-seed. It may pop up in many areas of the garden, hence why many consider it a weed.
In the case of Herb Robert, "Let thy food be your medicine" and "eat the weeds".
With so many medicinal benefits, this wonder herb can be a very nice and pretty addition to any garden.
Herb Robert: Weed or Medicine
Warning and precautions:
It is important to know that Herb Robert does not constitute a total substitute for drug treatment for any condition.
Your life style is important in order for Herb Robert to give good results. This means reducing alcohol consumption, a healthy diet based on vegetables, fruits, moderate protein intake in correspondence with the physical effort and age and some constancy to follow any adjuvant therapy in different conditions and, not least, a strong motivation.
It is considered a safe herb to use, but normal precautions should be taken with the herb as with all other herbs.
Start by taking small amounts and increase your consumption in increments.
Do not use for long period of time and consult your doctor prior to taking this herb as a supplement or treatment.
It should not be used during pregnancy or by nursing mothers.
The root contains large amounts of tannins which can be toxic to the liver if used for long periods.