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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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