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(Geranium robertianum) or Red Robin

Such a lovely find here in Wales and now seeing it everywhere from Cornwall to the Lake District.
This medicinal wonder herb likes the shade which it why it struggles in my plant pots at home in the Aussie sun. Now I know to hide it under the trees.
Traditionally used for wound healing and tooth aches. Other benefits are to ease diarrhea and helpful for healing the liver and gallbladder reducing inflammation and improving their functions. It is also a good kidney and bladder herb to help prevent kidney stones.
The crouched leaves make a great mosquito repellant when rubbed on the skin.
There is a huge chapter on Herb Robert in Isabel Shepards book on herbs. She loved this herb too and mentions its rich nutrient values being high in vitamin A, B’s and C as well as lots of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and germanium. The latter mineral being important to help produce oxygen for our cells. The leaves, stems and flowers are used.
I love how the leaves turn red in Autumn.
I think I might do some more research into this amazing plant as it seems to have much to offer and may be greatly underestimated.
Recent studies on PubMed have proven more of its properties as an antioxidant and anti inflammatory.
(Catarino M.D et al 2017)