Ozark Encyclopedia – C – Cranesbill

I love seeing this along the roadsides in Western Maryland.

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Cranesbill, Spotted – Geranium maculatum

Parts used: root, leaf, flower

Traditional uses: Astringent, compound decoction used as a wash for thrush in child’s mouth. Used for open wounds and to remove canker sores. Infusion of roots taken for diarrhea.

“Styptic, astringent, tonic. Used for piles and internal bleeding. Excellent as an injection for flooding and leucorrhoea, and taken internally for diarrhoea, children’s cholera, chronic dysentery; a good gargle.” ~Grieve MH

Brewed for sore throats – “Cranesbill (Geranium maculatum) is brewed into a fine astringent medicine for sore throats.” ~Randolph OMF 93

Root used as a “flux stopper” – “The root of a plant called cranesbill (Geraniummaculatum) is also a popular ‘flux stopper.’” ~Randolph OMF 97


Grieve, Margaret A Modern Herbal (MH)

Moerman, Daniel E. Native American Ethnobotany (NAE)

Randolph, Vance Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)

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