Geranium robertianum

A sunny weekend at home at our little cottage in the valleys of the Brecon Beacons was a great opportunity to get out into our magical and diverse garden, and re-
acquaint ourselves with some of the flowers and plants that have been calling to our awareness these last few weeks.

Over the course of the last year and since I started my 4 year apprenticeship with Plant Spirit Healer & Herbalist Carole Guyett, I have become much more aware of plants and flowers trying to get my attention. This has helped me not only expand my knowledge of a variety of plants as I have gone away and researched those plants, but its also caused me to wonder why the plants have reached out to me.

Maybe there is something they are trying to tell me on a physical level - maybe I am sick in some way and dont yet know it, or possibly they are a plant with an emotional or spiritual quality that can be used in a shamanic healing capacity, and want to be part of my plant ally community! Sometimes the reason only becomes more evident down the road and so I am learning to trust the plants, and listen to them.

After all I believe as many herbalists do that whatever plants are growing immediately around you are to help on some level - either individually or possibly collectively.
This year I have been amazed to watch the proliferation of Dandelions that have sprung up everywhere, and certainly I know that both of my teachers - Carole Guyett and Pam Montgomery believe that the Dandelion is a plant coming forwards at this time to help assist humanity its evolution. 

We have found in our own practice that Mugwort is another plant that is coming forward more forcefully again and has many amazing gifts to offer us at this time.

So - its good to keep an open heart and mind and listen out for the plants when they call to us.

One particular little common garden plant has been catching my attention over and over these last few months and so this weekend I was able to harvest some of it and indulge in some more research into the plants qualities.

Geranium robertianum or Herb Robert to use its more common name, was once known as Saint Robert's Herb. It was named after a French monk who lived around 1000 AD, and apparently cured many people suffering from various diseases using this plant. First Nations people have used this plant internally to help with many health ailments and externally for healing wounds, herpes and skin eruptions. According to an article in The Healing Journal, scientists, herbalists, and botanists have discovered that Herb Robert grows especially abundant in areas that have high radiation levels (which include under hydro lines). It is believed that Herb Robert absorbs the radiation from the soil, breaks it down and disperses it. 

How amazing is that?! And, if proven to be effective in this capacity who knows what it might be able to do if introduced into areas suffering from radiation poisoning!

But its amazing qualities don't stop there!

In Europe, it has been a traditional herb for cancer, and it was believed to supply a natural dose of radiation. All parts of the plant can be used - the flower, the leaves & the root. Fresh leaves can be eaten or made into a tea. The flower and leaves can be dried and stored so that it can be used throughout the winter months as a tea or added into salads as a nutrient booster. The root can be dried and used as well.

You could also make a tincture from it or a flower essence as I did a few weeks ago.

Rubbing fresh leaves on the skin is said to repel mosquitoes, and the entire plant repels rabbits and deer should you be having problems with either of those in your garden!

Herb Robert contains ellagic acid. Researchers have found ellagic acid may slow growth of tumours caused by certain carcinogens; and it has been used to fight and prevent cancer.

Researchers have found that Herb Robert is a natural source of germanium, a valuable element and powerful antioxidant that has the ability to make oxygen more readily available to the cells of the body. 

More oxygen, at cell level, means the body has the opportunity to fight disease by its own powers, and healing can take place quickly. But if the cells experience a lack of oxygen, they cannot get the nutrients, to regenerate. Those cells then become anaerobic, the state that leads to pain, disease, wayward cells and cancer.

Dr. Otto Warburg, twice Nobel Prize winner, said in 1966, “The prime cause of cancer is lack of oxygenation of the cells”. He discovered that cancer cells could not exist in the presence of abundant oxygen, but only in an anaerobic state.

Germanium also stimulates electrical impulses at a cellular level to create a beneficial ripple effect, throughout the whole body. 

It enhances energy levels and is a powerful healing agent. Germanium provides a strong antibiotic, antiviral and antioxidant arsenal which in todays world of multiple environmental and electrical pollutions can only be a powerful healing aid to many of us.

Having made a flower essence a few weeks ago it is now waiting to be tested properly and I am curious to learn more about the spirit of this plant and how we can work with it shamanically on an emotional and spiritual level. More on this as the story unfolds!

So - we can see that by paying attention to the plants in our garden we can discover many new and helpful health remedies and preventative medicine growing right outside our door.

The Plants are calling to us but are we listening?

 - Davyd Farrell, Co-Founder, Plant Consciousness


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    Davyd Farrell

    Davyd is the Co-Founder of Archetype Events and a trainee plant spirit  herbalist.

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