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Rose Geranium

Pelargonium graveloens

Rose geranium is grown as a potted plants since the early 1800s. Formerly it was regarded as a health flower and was used to cure various ailments
such as toothache and rheumatism but also colds and jealousy. It was able to expel pathogens and pests and was therefore normal in cottage hospitals and almshouses. It was also used as decoration in coffins. It origins in southern Africa, especially South Africa.

Today it is used especially in the perfume industry but Rose geranium is also often used for premenstrual and menopausal problems, as well as nausea, tonsillitis and to improve circulation. The fresh leaves are brewed for tea and are added to fruit drinks, punches, jellies, desserts, creams, custards, candies, pastries and baked fruits.
Its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties are useful in treating bruising, acne, eczema, hemorrhoids (piles) as well as ringworm and lice.

Rose Geranium Tea
For a six-cup tea pot.

Use about 4-6 rose geranium leaves
6 cloves
1” of cinnamon stick
1 sprig about 3” long of fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon or one tea bag of plain orange pekoe tea.
Cover with boiling water and steep at least ten minutes.
How to grow

  1. Plant rose geraniums in sterile pots when daytime high temperatures are no warmer than 75 degrees and nighttime lows are no colder than 50 degrees.
  2. Water your geraniums when the soil is dry, and continue watering until it drains out the bottom of the pot.
  3. Add fertilizer with every sixth watering. Every fourth time you fertilize, add a teaspoon of Epsom salt to a gallon of water, which contains magnesium. Rose geraniums thrive on magnesium.
  4. Bring your rose geraniums inside when the temperature begins to drop below 50 degrees. Place them in a sunny window where they’ll get at least four hours of direct sunlight each day.

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A Nice Relaxing Tea


I would like to recommend a very good and healthy tea wich I drink a few times every week. It is called Oatstraw Tea and has alot of benefits. I put a video guide above wich I found on Youtube with good information. But I also wrote some of the recepies I use for variation and extra health boost.

Oatstraw with Ginger and Cinnamon

2 teaspoons of oatstraw

1 slice of fresh ginger root

2 inches of cinnamon stick

Nettle and Oatstraw Tea

1 part oatstraw

1 part nettle

So, what is the benefit of drinking this tea?

The Oat Straw (Avena Sativa) has been used since prehistoric times and are used for a number of human maladies, ailments or discomforts. A few examples of this are the lowering of cholesterol and  it has also been used for different conditions such as ADHD, multiple sclerosis, insomnia, opium addiction, obesity, varicose veins, hemorrhoids and low blood sugar levels wich is good for diabetics. Research now shows that it contains the anti-tumor compound b-sitosterol and there is some suggestions that the chances of cancer in the bowel may be reduced by eating oats regularly, as well as cancers in general. There is also the fact that it contains a various of vitamins and minerals wich are good for the health in general.

Nettle (Uritca Dioicaas) has been used for centuries to treat allergy symptoms, particularly hay fever which is the most common allergy problem. It has also shown good results in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, asthma, bladder infections, bronchitis, bursitis, gingivitis, gout, hives, kidney stones, laryngitis, multiple sclerosis, PMS, prostate enlargement, sciatica, and tendinitis.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is good for people with high cholesterol, and it is also good against stomach gas, circulatory disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation, nausea and so on. There is still a lot of scientific research about ginger, so it can be some more benefits that we don’t know of.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum) benefits is that it can lower LDL cholesterol, its ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections, educed the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells. It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood, had significant relief in arthritis pain, and when added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative. It also fights the E. coli bacteria and one study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.


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