Another miraculous herb for our lungs. Also see Radix Isatidis – the miraculous asian herb
What is the South African Geranium?
The plant is known in Europe since the end of the 19th century. It was used to heal people suffering from tuberculosis, inflammation of the upper respiratory tract and it even lead to the creation of the first antibiotics for the respiratory system.
The South African Geranium or the African Pelargonium comes from the Geraniaceae family. Other common names it’s known by are Umckaloabo and its Latin name – Pelargonium Sidoides. Its roots are dark on the outside, red on the inside, and are used for therapeutic purposes. Heartshaped leaves originate directly from it, with their long green stems holding big and beautiful red flowers on top, making this plant a better-looking version of our geranium.
Where does it come from?
The South African Geranium is a common plant found in South Africa.
When does it help?
For a while now, the South African Geranium has been used to treat coughing, sore throat, accumulation of secretion in the respiratory tract, and other respiratory complaints. It’s recommended for sharp, uncomplicated upper respiratory tract infections, sinusitis, and bronchitis. It activates both the innate and acquired immunity, accelerates recovery and
Why does the South African Geranium help?
It’s proven that its active ingredients increase the movement of the cilia that cover the airways. This system is known as mucociliary. Thus, the natural protective and respiratory cleansing mechanisms are assisted. Several clinical studies have concluded that the South African Geranium is an excellent helper in the fight again viruses and bacteria. It prevents their attachment and entry into the body cells. It’s been found that the extract from the South African Geranium calms sore throat, reduces swelling of the tonsils, relieves pain symptoms in children, and reduces coughing after 4 days of intake.
Before and during its use, it’s important to consider the following:
- The South African Geranium is an immunostimulant and therefore, it’s necessary to be avoided by systemic autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, and others. In these cases, its effect could increase the body’s autoimmune response against its own tissues and worsen the condition.
- The South African Geranium contains coumarin. This is an organic compound that’s found in plants such as chamomile, yarrow, sweet clover, and others. Coumarin is fragrant and is most commonly used in perfumes and in the production of tobacco products. One of its effects is that it weakens the blood clotting process. This makes it suitable for people with increased blood clotting. However, it’s dangerous for people with hemophilia or other conditions that increase the risk of bleeding. To prevent such an incident, the herb shouldn’t be consumed for a minimum of 2 weeks before and after surgical intervention.