Botanical: Geranium maculatum
Family: Geraniaceae (geranium)
Other common names: Cranesbill, Spotted Cranesbill, Geranium, Wild Geranium, Spotted Geranium, Dovefoot, Tormentil, Storksbill, Wild Cranesbill, Crowfoot, American Kino Root, Old Maid's Nightcap, Shameface, Alum Bloom
A powerful astringent and antiseptic, Alum Root has been used for centuries to control diarrhea and hemorrhage, including bleeding gums after tooth extraction and excessive menstruation. Alum Root is considered excellent when used for relieving internal piles and hemorrhoids. Alum Root also helps to ease inflammation of the mucous membranes and has been used to heal the gastrointestinal tract.
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Centuries ago, Native American healers knew that the root of the wild geranium (Alum Root) would calm inflammation, heal the intestinal tract and treat diarrhea. Alum Root is a perennial plant that is native to North America, especially in the woodlands of the eastern half. The stout, horizontal rootstock (the medicinal part) produces a hairy stem, which grows to a height of two feet, as well as leaves and attractive rose-purple flowers, which bloom from April to July. Native Americans used Alum Root as an eyewash and applied it to sores, open wounds and swollen feet. The Chippewas employed it as a remedy for sores inside the mouth, especially in children, and many tribes ate the young leaves of the plant. The early settlers learned of the many effective medicinal qualities of Alum Root from the Native Americans, and by the nineteenth century, a physician remarked that the root was "a very popular domestic remedy" that was widely in use as an astringent for diarrhea, dysentery and hemorrhaging. Alum Root was listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia from 1820 to 1916. To this day herbalists recommend the underground rootstem for many of those same medicinal purposes, and it is still used both internally and externally for its astringent qualities. Some of the constituents in Alum Root include tannic, citric and gallic acids, starch, sugar, gum, oleoresin, pectin, anthocyanins and calcium oxalate
When used internally, it is an excellent remedy for hemorrhage, diarrhea, nosebleeds, hematuria, hemoptysis (expectoration/
coughing up of blood or bloody sputum from the lungs or bronchial tubes) and profuse menstruation. The root contains a high concentration of tannins that act as a powerful astringent, which are said to be effective against diarrhea, cholera and dysentery.
When ingested, Alum Root's potent astringency is considered an old and reliable means to manage hemorrhoids and internal piles. Its astringency is also known to promote venous health.
Taken internally, Alum Root has a potent healing effect on the entire gastrointestinal tract and has been used as an excellent remedy against pus and mucus in the bladder and intestines or, in fact, mucous discharges from any part of the body. It is helpful in reducing inflammation of the mucous membranes and is said to be helpful in cases of ulcers. The herb is also used to curb irritation of hemorrhoidal tissue.
Used externally, it is a potent blood coagulant: The dry powder sprinkled on a wound or cut will stop bleeding immediately. (Barbers have used it as a styptic for years to stanch bleeding from razor cuts.)
As an antiseptic mouthwash, Alum Root's antibacterial properties will aid in the relief of mouth sores, sore throat and bleeding gums.
Considered a botanical antiseptic and effective antibacterial, Alum Root has also been found helpful in fighting leukorrhea and the bacteria associated with tuberculosis.
Contraindications: Alum Root Herbal Supplement is not recommended for long-term use, as excessive use may cause liver damage.