Herb robert

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Medicinal Plants, Pacific Northwest

Herb Robert, Pacific Northwest
Herb Robert, Photo By Bud Logan

Herb Robert is a annual plant that grows all over the Pacific Northwest, its a pretty awesome healing plant.

Tiny, bright pink flowers adorn the plant, they are about 15 mm across and have five rounded petals.  Flowers develop and the blossom quickly fills out and develops into a oval seed receptacle that looks like a bird’s beak, which is why the plant has been given the common names stork-bill or cranes-bill.

Herb Robert, Pacific Northwest
Herb Robert, Photo By Bud Logan

As the seeds dry off,  the beak ejects them with a sudden springing action, flinging the 5 small, oval seeds in five directions, ensuring that there will be future generations of the plant, for mankind’s use. I believe this plant should be in every garden, ready for service.

Herb Robert is therapeutic herb, but very little information is available on the constituents, this herb’s action is a herb that can be use regularly, as boost to the immune system. Research has revealed that herb robert is a source of germanium, a valuable element to the body, as it has the ability to make oxygen available to the cells. With more oxygen being received at the cell level, means the body has the opportunity to fight disease by its own powers and healing can take place quickly. Germanium not only works as an oxygen carrier and catalyst, but also stimulates electrical impulses, at a cellular level, which has a beneficial ripple effect throughout the whole body. Germanium’s remarkable effects on the immune system have been documented in medical journals as an immune system booster.

Herb Robert, Pacific Northwest
Herb Robert, Photo By Robert Logan

Before using, remove any developing fruit. For an infusion, steep 1 level tbsp. dried herb in 1 cup water for a short time. Take 1 cup per day. For a cold extract, use 2 tsp. dried herb with 1 cup cold water. Let stand for 8-10 hours in a covered pot and for wounds, You can crush the leaves and apply as a compress to promote healing and provide pain relieve. All parts of the plant, from the roots to the leaves except the fruit can be used. Just cut up and dry, a dehydrator works well for this.

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