The mention of geranium evokes an image of a Parisian window laden with beautiful little pots of the tender plant. Sitting beautifully up there, spreading its romantic scent and filling the air with love. Giving porches and windows all around the world the beauty they deserve and adorn. But did you know that geraniums are just not the red tender flowers you are imagining right now? There are tons of types of geranium itself ranging in different shapes and sizes and colors. So, let’s get to know more about everyone’s favorite flower- Geranium.
Did you know?
● Geraniums are natively from southern Africa but it is said that some species of the flower originated from New Zealand, Australia, and the Middle East as well.
● They can be as tall as 6 feet tall or as short as merely 12 inches.
● They can easily be found in the wild flora.
● They are perennial plants and can last for several years.
● They are famous for their sweet scent which they release when their leaves are touched.
● They are commonly called crane bills.
● They can be grown healthily in any soil which is not waterlogged.
● Some of the types of geranium flowers are even edible
Yes, Geranium flowers can be eaten!
These flower products can be eaten and are used for various culinary purposes. Be it in a cream or tea or essential oil, they are popularly used by people in their kitchens. One of the reasons behind its popularity can also be the fact that its such strong-spirited herb.
Even if it is handled roughly or the soil quality is poor, these herbs grow beautifully spreading their enchanting smell. Though, it should be noted that not all types of geranium are edible. So, before bringing it to the kitchen table to make sure that the type of geranium you are using is actually edible and not harmful for you or your loved ones.
How can you use this herb?
It is advised that you use this herb right when it’s fresh as it does not dry well. Hence, it would be more beneficial if you use it fresh in your tea, oil base or any kind of cream that you are preparing and add a little charm to it.
● As tea
As mentioned earlier, you can the geranium flowers to make tea as well. The process to make it quite simple. First of all, pick the leaves and flowers of geranium in half of the amount of tea you are going to make. Fill the rest portion with water. Boil the water for about 5-10 minutes. Let it rest for a couple of minutes and then strain. Your tea is now ready. You can add a teaspoon of honey to the tea if you prefer your drinks sweeter.
● As an essential oil
Herbs are popular for being used as essential oils. Geranium in itself is a quite useful herb that can be used to heal a lot of skincare problems. To use it effectively, you should dilute the geranium essential oil properly with a maximum concentration of 2% only. For the dilution itself, you can use any cream base you prefer or simply use extra virgin olive oil or sweet almond oil.
● For itchiness or insect bites
If you got bit in the garden by a bug and the affected area is really itchy and hurting now then quickly pick some geranium leaves and bruise them lightly. Put this natural product on the affected area for a couple of minutes. Your itchiness will soon disappear leaving your skin in a much healthier state.
● Culinary decoration
The geranium flowers are often used to decorate iced food like cakes and pastries. This has a dual benefit as the flowers not only add to the beauty and appearance of the dish but also give off a sweet scent that captivates the diner’s senses. Alternatively, they are also used in iced teas or juices as a decoration.
● For adding a unique taste to your dish
Not only is this herb edible but it also has a unique taste that can contribute fantastically to your dish. If you are preparing a savory dough then you can add a couple of its leaves to have a nice unique flavor. This trick works the best with pancakes, sponge cakes or scones. Also, you can use the fresh herb leaves with softened butter to give it a delicious flavor.
Other than the general uses of geranium in the kitchens and gardens, these amazing herbs also have many health benefits. Some of which are mentioned below:
● Reduces stress
This herb contains organic compounds that have a soothing effect on the nervous system which can positively affect your endocrine system and help balance out the hormones that are responsible for stress and anxiety. For generations, people have been brewing their tea to gain these soothing effects and reduce their stress.
● Pain relief
If you are suffering from a chronic disease or migraines then the analgesic property of germanium can really help you out. IT is a traditional remedy used to cure headaches and pain of other injuries. Research proves that this herb is capable of releasing endorphins and positively affective pain from injuries or diseases. Though it should be noted that this herb is in no way a replacement for permanent prescribed pain relief medicines.
● Immunity booster
Germanium can boost up your immunity system by strengthening your body’s defense system and making it stronger to fight against infections and diseases. The antimicrobial properties of the herb prevent pathogens from negatively affecting your body.
● Good for kidney
Due to its diuretic properties, geranium can be helpful for the kidneys’ health. It can stimulate urination and help eliminate toxins and excess salts from the body without stressing the kidneys. It is considered a safe option for diabetic patients as well.
Although, geraniums are famous for being fragrant flowers, you should also remember that their benefits are not just limited to their beauty and fragrance. They can also be helpful in keeping up your good health and be helpful in curing various diseases and injuries.