Cranesbill Root, also known by the names Storksbill, Wild Geranium, Chocolate Flower, Crowfoot, Dove's-foot, Alum Root, Old Maid's Nightcap, and Shameface, is native to North America. It grows to about 2 feet tall with an erect stem that is unbranched, and with leaves that are deeply divided and toothed. Cranesbill has pinkish-purple flowers that grow in pairs in late Spring, giving way to a pod that is divided into five cells with a seed in each.
Cranesbill Root is a strong astringent, due to its high tannin content, and was introduced to health by the Native Indians. Knowledgeable health practitioners still can use it to help support inflammation of mucous membranes, curb irritation of hemorrhoidal tissue, and to help restore venous health. It is an especially powerful astringent for passive bleeding, as occurs in hematuria, hemotysis and menorrhagia, and has a potent rejuvenating effect on the digestive system. It has been used in supporting irritations in combination with Agrimony. Like Mullein, Cranesbill Root has been found to be an active disinfectant. Cranesbill Root was used by early Indians to help support diarrhea, dysentery, and leukorrhea, among other complaints.
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Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the pot, cover and let steep for 2-4 minutes. Pour into your cup; add milk and natural sweetener to taste.
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