Nicknamed "Florists' Geranium », « balcony star ", " the king of all balconies "And even wrongly," geranium ", the Pelargonium is a perennial fromSouth Africa, which grows in sunny areas and resistant to winter frosts.
Why do phytotherapists recommend this plant? What ailments does it treat? What are its effects or benefits on the health of Man? How to take for a effective result ?
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Pelargonium: for the record
Etymologically, the scientific term in Latin « Pelargonium »Comes from the word Greek « pelargós Which means "stork Because of the shape of its fruit related to the beak of this bird.
Belonging to the Geraniaceae family, Pelargonium was discovered around 15th century by the European naturalists and explorers of the world.
It had been cultivated since the 1600s in the Leiden Plant Garden.
Little by little, this shrub with various varieties conquered Europe. A century later, pelargoniums characterized by large flowers are born.
From then on, Charles Louis (French botanist and Héritier de Brutelle) considers that the Geraniums and the Pelargoniums are 2 very distinct species.
While most pelargonium species are native to southern Africa, some species are found in Australia or again, in News Zeeland.
Pelargonium species and uses
Today we count, 280 species of Pelargonium savages of which the majority (at 71%) grows in South Africa.
In the diversity pelargoniums, there are several groups to the uses very specific:
– pelargonium hederafolium, also called "ivy" is characterized by bright green leaves. It is used in suspension or in balcony.
– zonal pelargonium purple, pink, purple, red, orange. Very widespread in the massifs, it is very popular in summer on the balconies.
– pelargonium grandiflorum, characterized by large flowers, broad leaves and flowers, very voluminous, it is grown indoors.
But what are its health benefits?
Pelargonium: virtues and health benefits
Since centuries, pelargonium is used in modern herbal medicine by the Fingos, Xhosas, Zulus and Basothos.
Indeed, phytotherapists recognize the medicinal virtues and, thus recommend the root pelargonium to help reduce symptoms ofrespiratory infections whose pneumonia, the sinusitis, the cough, theangina, the sore throat and the cold.
Even more, the use of this perennial is recommended to prevent secondary infections like the chronic bronchitis.
In most cases, Cape geranium is used as a substitute for antibiotics in some of these conditions.
To better understand the cleansing virtues Pelargonium, it should be noted that the latter fights the microorganisms present in the lungs and the upper airways: which facilitates breathing in the case of bronchitis or any other form of respiratory infection.
This plant is very often recommended in winter where, the little ones sore throat and respiratory ailments are recurring.
In addition, Pelargonium is recommended in cases of tired, of stress, decrease in tone because, thanks to the therapeutic properties it contains, we note its ability to strengthen the immune system.
Uses, dosages, instructions for use of pelargonium
"Pelargonium sidoides" is sold in:
– extract to treat the bronchitis and the cold. Regarding the dosage, it is strongly recommended to follow the manufacturer's instructions.
– capsules / tablets to treat the cold. A intake of 2 capsules of 400 mg, morning and evening is recommended. For children 6 years and older, the dose should be halved.
- and in the form of dyeing. The usual dose is 1 teaspoon (5 ml) to be taken 3-4 times a day.
Practical advice about pelargonium
The Pelargonium is recommended to treat bronchitis, a cold, the flu or even sinusitis; and its extracts are generally well tolerated.
It should be noted, however, that, after taking pelargonium root extracts, some patients have reported Rashes, of mild stomach aches, and nervous system disorders.
On the other hand, the use of extracts of pelargonium root is contraindicated in case of pregnancy and D'feeding with milk.
Taking the Pelargonium will never replace a basic treatment. It is more often recommended as part of a additive treatment.
For a cure of these respiratory conditions, one medical consultation.