{ PELARGONIUM ::: Pelargonium sidoides }

{ PELARGONIUM ::: Pelargonium sidoides }


The Pelargoniums are a wide range of herbs native to Africa from the Geraniacea family. They are closely related to Geraniums, which host loads of aromatic medicines including Herb Robert.


There are many cultivars within the Pelargoniums which have deliciously scented leaves that makes them useful as a flavouring in food and sweets. There are lime scented Pelargoniums, peppermints, lemons, lemon balms, roses, strawberry lemons…


A primary medicinal species is the Pelargonium sidoides whose stems and tubers are used for respiratory ailments by inhibiting the attachment of viral particles as well as bacterial adhesion within the lungs. It also stimulates the movement of the bronchial cilia to bring up mucous. In South Africa the roots would traditionally be boiled into a drink to utilise these effects to slow a respiratory infection, quicken recovery time, and alleviate the symptoms. When it comes to modern medicine, this plant has gone largely unnoticed and much of its evidence is based on its long standing traditional use with Zulu herbalists.


For those that get to know this plant, they will discover a herbal ally that is exceptionally skilled at treating sinusitis, tonsillitis, bronchitis, laryngitis, colds, flus and sore throats. It is great with children as well, especially for asthmatic children who are prone to coughing a lot during an infection.


It’s most effective when started at the first signs of illness and symptoms can be gone within 24 hours. You must continue using it until you are a few days into the clear or symptoms will return.


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