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Herb Robert Cranesbill, Felonwort, Bloodwort, Fox Geranium, Red Robin
Geranium Robertianum


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This delightful herb has many names: Herb Robertianum, St. Robert, Storkbill, Cranesbill, Red Robin, Fox geranium, St. Robert's Wort, Bloodwort, Felonwort, Dragon's blood.
It is an irrepressible, joyous addition to any garden and will add beauty, health, healing wherever it grows.

An annual, growing up to 30-40cm (14") with stems which branch in many directions and often turn red. Green leaves, 6cm (2½") long, form opposite, at knotted joints in the stem; leaves are palmate in shape, deeply cut, and often tinged with colours of pink, red or bronze. Stems and leaves are covered with very fine hairs.

Very dainty, bright-pink, 'joy giving' flowers, 15mm (5/8") across, have five, rounded petals. Each petal has 3 paler streaks, starting at the centre and phasing out along the petal. Flowers develop, in groups of 2 or 4, at leaf axils.

Following the flowers, the base of the blossom quickly fills out and develops into the oval seed receptacle, 17mm (¾") long, and when mature, looks like a bird's beak, thus the common names: "storkbill" and "cranesbill".

As the seeds dry off, nature has a way of dispersing: by opening the 'beak and ejecting with a sudden spring action, flinging the 5 small, oval seeds in five directions, ensuring that there will be future generations of the plant for mankind's use.

This extraordinarily effective dispersal technique is invaluable for anyone wanting to introduce this life-saving plant into their garden. Instead of buying one plant and transplanting it into a garden bed, we simply sit a potted mature plant shere we want some to grow, leave it for a couple of weeks then move it somewhere else. Next spring there will be a group of Herb Robert plants growing wherever the pot spent some time.

This is an effortless way of growing a plentiful supply of Geranium Robertianum for daily use in salads, teas and garden munching!

This plant is an exceptional asset in any garden as it is a friend of the plant kingdom - the universal companion plant [1] . Wherever it grows neighbouring plants are noticably healthier and more vigorous.

If you haven't a garden we sell Herb Robert in our webshop.

Herb Robert - Geranium Robertianum
Herb Robert - Geranium Robertianum

Herb Robert is an effective treatment for:

  • Abscesses
  • Adrenal Gland conditions
  • Arthritis
  • Bladder pain
  • Bleeding
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bruises
  • Cancer
  • Cataracts
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Circulation problems
  • Colitis
  • Congestion
  • Detoxifier
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhoea
  • Digestion
  • Electrical impulse stimulator
  • Energy
  • Enteritis (abdominal pain)
  • Eye inflammation
  • Eye irritations
  • Felons
  • Fistulas
  • Gastritis
  • Gout
  • Haemorrhages
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Herpes
  • Immune system
  • Impotence
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Jaundice
  • Kidney diseases
  • Kidney infections
  • Kidney stones
  • Lethargy
  • Liver ailments
  • Lower blood sugar
  • Malaria
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Mucus buildup
  • Natural Radiation
  • Neuralgia
  • Nosebleeds
  • Oxygenates cells
  • Pain relief
  • Peptic Ulcers
  • Used as a Poultice
  • Rashes
  • Repels insects.
  • Rheumatism
  • Shingles
  • Skin conditions
  • Sore throat
  • Stimulates lactation
  • Stomach ailments
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Sun spots
  • Swollen breasts
  • Toothache
  • Tuberculosis
  • Tumors
  • Uterine inflammation
  • Wounds


Propagation is by seed. Plants thrive in shady, damp places, growng very quickly, flowering profusely, and self-seeding readily. It will grow in a wide range of climates from Tasmania to Cairns, although it needs shading from strong sun and doesn't like drying out. If leaves are picked regularly, the bush will produce a bounty of leaves, provided it is fed and watered consistently.

It sprouts easily and abundantly from seeds broadcast from a plant and will thrive in almost any growing medium - we have had a forest of Herb Robert growing in a pile of gravel. It does have one unique aspect to its growth which - if you are not aware of it - has caused many transplants to fail.

Herb Robert growth habit
how Herb Robert grows

The plant seems to float above the soil connected to the earth via a single tap root.

If you plant a Herb Robert so that the plant nucleus is in the soil it is unlikely to survive as many gardeners have discovered.

When we give a client a plant we usually recommend they leave it in the pot and, once it has started flowering, move it around their garden on a monthly basis and soon there will be plants sprouting wherever the pot has rested.

No insect pest bothers it; it is said the smell of the leaves act as an insect deterrent and can be used in animals' bedding.

Herb Robert contains significant amounts of Vitamins A, B and C as well as these minerals: calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, germanium.

It has this wide range of applications in the home and clinic: astringent, antibiotic, adaptation, antiviral, styptic, tonic, diuretic, digestive, sedative, antioxidant.

Above all Herb Robert is a supreme, therapeutic herb. Although, very little information is available, on the constituents, this herb's action is one of the most outstanding herbs that we can use regularly, as an enhancer of the immune system.

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. More oxygen at cell level, means the body has the opportunity to fight disease by its own powers and healing can take place quickly. Lack of free oxygen available to the cells can be caused by free radicals and a toxic state around the cells meaning the cells cannot get the required oxygen or the nutrients to regenerate. The area becomes anaerobic, the beginning of pain, disease, wayward cells and cancer.

Herb Robert self-seeded at our kitchen door
Herb Robert self-seeded at our kitchen door

Dr. Otto Warburg, Nobel Prize winner, said in 1966, "The prime cause of cancer is lack of oxygenation of the cells". He discovered that riotous, wayward cancer cells could not exist in the presence of abundant oxygen, but only in an anaerobic state. Because oxygen plays such an important role in cell health and immune function, using Herb Robert regularly is a powerful contribution to maintaining robust good health and well-being.

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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 energy giver, immune builder and as a powerful therapeutic and preventative, as a vigorous adaptogen, acting to alleviate minor or major health imbalances. Germanium provides us with an active antibiotic, antiviral and antioxidant arsenal.

The following paragraphs are from the article "Geranium Robertianum, ancient herb used In the treatment for defeating cancer" written by V. Ferrandiz N.D. Spain, published In 1976 in 'Herald of Health'

In this article I will report on the healings accomplished with a humble herb St. Roberts Wort or Geranium Robertainum. This healing is not a modern invention within the natural healing arts. The great botanist and teacher Dioscorides had already described it. Probably someone in Portugal had read about his description of the remedial action of Robert Wort against cancer and knowing about some cases of this terrible disease started to use this herb or recommend it to the patient's relatives. And so its healing virtues soon spread over the country, which attracted the attention of the media, who began to investigate and collect information from several sources.

In February 1953, the "Natura" magazine printed a letter by P. Friere, an outstanding Portuguese Journalist stating, "My colleague, Mr. Nunes de Carcalho, reports about his mother-in-law, aged 83 years. She had been afflicted with bowel cancer, confirmed by two doctors and x-rays. They advised that not one but two surgical interventions were deemed extremely essential, but, despite this, the poor old lady possibly would not stand the operation, at her age. Someone told Mr. De Carcalho about a person who knew about a prescription with which she used to cure this disease. The women prescribed a mixture of powdered leaves of St. Robert's Wort and fresh raw egg yolk. The patient took this and was healed". The plant has astringent, homeostatic and antibiotic action. Shortly after, the wife of the journalist fell ill, and the same doctor who advised the two operations for the old lady, attended her. It was at this time that the doctor discovered that the woman, whom he thought would have been dead, was healed. Then, more information was found about others who had been healed; some of cancer of the bowel; others of lung cancer, of breast cancer, and cancer of the uterus. Especially mentioned, was the case of a lady afflicted with intestinal cancer as diagnosed by x-rays and doctors, she was in her last stage of endurance as the wound was deep and large. Treated with this remedy, Herb Robertianum, in a few weeks and with some enemas, a total purification was accomplished. To this, the reporter added... it is usual for doctors to doubt their own diagnosis rather than accept that cancer has been cured by a humble herb.

Herb Robert
Herb Robert close-up of the delicate flower

Another woman healed with this herb, was Anna Cruz Caridade, who had inoperable lung cancer, with branches leading to the neck and arms. She heard about the healing virtues of St. Robert's Wort and tried it. Very soon, an improvement ensued and, after a time, was completely healed. Some time later, lumps appeared in her breasts, rib and shoulder and her doctor advised a series of radiotherapy treatments. But she remembered what had happened with the lung cancer, and again, tried the same herbal treatment. Gradually, the nodes started to recede and diminish in size, till they were completely gone'.

Here are just a few local examples of the outstanding ability of this magnificent herb to help us humans, as reported by noted Nambour herbalist, Isabell Shipard:

"Adam called to tell me he had been diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer, and his doctor had told him to go away and die. He had been told about herb robert, and started taking the herb, daily. His cancer is now in remission."

"A lady, in Brisbane, was very sick with cancer, but was not told the full extent of her condition. She started on a regime of raw foods, herb robert and wheatgrass juice. Sometime later, the doctor admitted her to hospital and put her through many x-rays. Eventually, the doctor told her the reason for all the x-rays. Previous x-rays had shown extensive cancer of the spine and lymph nodes. The new x-rays showed not one sign of cancer. Lee said the doctor gave her 'a bit of unconventional advice... to continue with what you are doing'. Lee said she was using 3 teaspoons of herb robert with raw egg yolk, every morning."

"I well remember a lady with cancer of the mouth (she had been a smoker), who heard about herb robert from her sister, when she had traveled from Brisbane to join in a herb course. She started making the herb as an infusion: gargling the warm tea and then swallowing it. The specialist was baffled at her next visit. She now lives in full health."

"Recently, a lass rang from Brisbane. She had lumps in her breast. Someone had shared with her about herb robert and she had been taking the herb, for about 8 weeks. She said, "I don't know if it is coincidence, but the lumps are going'. Perhaps, it is a coincidence; perhaps, it is a miracle. Perhaps, her body is healing with the help of the herb."

"Over 10 years ago, I held a herb course for people at Kingaroy. Some time later, a lady who attended the course, rang me to say that her vet had given the verdict: that their aged dog with cancer should be put down. She asked me if it would be worth trying herb robert. I suggested chopping up half a dozen leaves, very finely, and mixing this with the dog's food daily. The dog made a full recovery. She told the vet what she had done. Sometime later, she rang me: to say her vet had rung her, asking what herb she used for her dog, as he had another aged dog with cancer."

"Six weeks ago, Donna rang for some herb robert, as her dog had a cancerous growth and the vet had only given the dog four weeks to live. She started the dog on the herb, This Week, she rang to say that the lump had diminished in size considerably, and that she needed more of the plant."

"Val called, to see what could help her dog that had severe abscesses. She started her pet on herb robert, (dried leaves I posted to her, blended to a powder); a teaspoon of the herb was mixed with a little water and added to the food each day. She rang back, soon after, to say that the herb robert quickly got rid of the abscesses."

"Recently, Mary called from North Queensland, to tell me she was enjoying a holiday on the Sunshine Coast, and a new lease of life. Her life had been marred by lung cancer, but now was free of any sign of it, which Mary believes was due, entirely, to taking herb robert daily, for eleven months, and she will continue to take it."

"Audrey wrote, from Sydney, to share that her brother has eliminated a skin cancer on his leg, with herb robert, which he was due to have cut out. Our doctor was very surprised at 'the results, and mentioned it to a doctor colleague of hers, who is beginning to get interested in alternative methods."

"Some years ago, the local' Cansurvive' group asked me to speak, at their monthly meeting. Martina had numerous skin cancers. She started eating 5 leaves a day and all her skin cancer disappeared. She told a friend, who also had skin cancer. Her friend did the same, eating 5 leaves a day and, after 6 weeks, had no sign of any cancer."

"Robyn wrote to me from interstate, saying that drinking the herb had caused bladder cancer to disappear, not even leaving a scar."

"Recently, Janet excitedly rang to say that, after using herb robert for 3 weeks her tumour count went down from 29 to 10. Janet now shares herb robert with many people; just simply passing on information that has helped her. She told me how she'd had car trouble, having to stop at a service station, and that she started sharing with the assistant. He knew someone with cancer, so he said he would pass the information on. Janet felt that her car problems were part of a divine plan that took her to the service station, as someone needed to know about the herb. This is what we could call our 'Australian caring spirit' and sharing the best of herb folklore."

"Most people, who start on herb robert, immediately experience relief from pain. Some see improvement in conditions very quickly, while others may only get results after many months, of using the herb."

"Clarissa wrote from interstate to say, 'After 2 weeks on the herb, lumps in the breast cannot, now, be detected with ultra sound, so it is within my interest to keep on with the herb"."

"A friend had a growth forming over her eyes, causing blurred vision. Barb completely cleared the film, and the problem, by bathing her eyes with an infusion of the leaves."

Regarded as a “noxious weed” by officialdom
Regarded as a “noxious weed” by officialdom

"Doreen shared with me, in a letter, her experience with the herb" "I am now bugged with cataracts on both eyes. The left eye was completely blind. So I made a tea of the leaves and mixed aloe vera with this. I wash the eyes out with this mixture, twice a day. After about 3 weeks of this treatment, I am starting to gain a little sight in the left eye, and the right eye has also improved. Thank you for telling me about herb robert."

"Recently, Robert shared his experience of herb robert with me. For ten years he had been unable to work due to sickness, and had been to many doctors and natural therapists. In 1999, he was diagnosed with chronic fatigue. He started taking 4-5 leaves a day and, within a couple of days, his problem of cold feet, which was due to poor circulation, was eliminated. Within a short period of time, he was walking and jogging up to 6 km a day, and life was worth living again. At present he is working 80 hours a week but he must keep up taking the herb daily, to be free of chronic fatigue. He has shared his experiences, with friends who also suffered with chronic fatigue. One friend had suffered for 24 years, and now, also, has received relief by the daily ritual of eating several leaves."

Australian Law is such that no one can legally say that the herb is a cancer cure. No scientific research has been done that shows it can cure any ailment. It does have special properties, like many other herbs, that can help the body to heal. Many people have benefited by the herb, or experienced pain relief from various conditions, however this does not mean that everyone will experience full return to health.

This little plant, once called St. Robert, has been revered in herbal history for many ailments. These have included: stomach problems, as a digestive aid, a blood cleanser and body detoxifier. for diarrhea, diabetes, shingles, enteritis, skin conditions, bruises, inflammation, rheumatism and arthritis, peptic ulcers, kidney diseases and stones, hemorrhages, herpes, colds, lethargy, adrenal gland diseases, impotency, gout, liver ailments, mucus congestion, infectious sores, gastritis, hemorrhoids painful inflammation around finger and toe nails, and eye irritations.

The herb has come to the rescue. as a gargle, for many people with mouth ulcers, bleeding gums and sore throats, Rub bruised, fresh leaves over the area, or use the herb, made into a tea, as a mouth rinse and gargle. Several diabetics have found using herb robert, regularly, has helped to stabilise blood sugar levels.

Herb robert is used to help clear colitis (inflammation of the colon) which interferes with the normal, wave-like motion of peristalsis, causing cramps, constipation and mucus discharge.

Chronic fatigue is being relieved, for people who start on the herb.

It was valued highly as a wound herb, no doubt due to its astringent properties, and it was also thought to be a herb capable of mending fractures. In Europe, it is seen growing wild, and has been a traditional herb for cancer as it was believed to be "a dose of natural radiation".

Rudolph Breuss, in his book, "Cancer and Leukaemia", gives advice for treatment of cancer and other, seemingly incurable, diseases, saying that: besides the vegetable juice regime, and kidney tea, herb robert is essential, when dealing with all cancers, as it stimulates the kidneys to reject and eliminate poisons. He recommended that a pinch of the herb be steeped in 1 cup of boiled water for 10 minutes and drunk, cold, daily. In one chapter in the book, he wrote on infertility recommending for couples who have had difficulty conceiving that both husband and wife should sip a cup of herb robert daily (made the same way as for the cancer treatment above). He knows this method is effective, from feedback he has received. In his "hints for farmers" he recommends a handful of herb robert, mixed with concentrates and a little salt, fed to cows (for 3 days) that cannot come into calf.

The astringent action, of leaves and stems of the plant, has been valued from mediaeval times, for healing wounds and to stop bleeding: which gave it the common name, 'bloodwort'. For external use, the juice from crushed leaves is rubbed on sunspots, rashes and sores; or leaves made as an infusion are used as a wash or a poultice. A hot poultice made of steeped leaves is said to be soothing to bladder pains, neuralgia, bruises, fistulas and persistent skin problems.

Another application of the herb has been as a foot infusion, said to help remove toxins, heavy metals and radiation from the body. This is highly recommended for people who have been subject to many x-rays, or people continually working in the fields of computers, mobile phones, and other electronics, giving off ELF and VLF radiation, infrared and microwave irradiation, and x-rays.

To make a Foot Infusion: take a handful of chopped herb, place into a bowl (large enough to rest both feet in) pour 4-5 cups of boiling water over it and stir, vigorously. Then add cold water, to adjust to heat bearable to place feet in. Sit in a comfy chair with your feet in the bowl for 15 minutes, relax and read your favourite herb book. This is also excellent therapy for tired or aching feet.

The original article I was given, stated that, for cancer treatment, the method of use was to take the leaves and stems of herb robert (either dried and powdered or finely chopped, fresh leaves) to make a heaped teaspoonful. This was mixed well with a fresh, raw egg-yolk, taken first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. Don't be put off by the thought of the raw egg-yolk, as believe me, it is quite palatable. The finer the herb is cut the easier it is to swallow. Note, it only smells like foxes (to me); the flavour is not unpleasant.

Approximately 20-25 large leaves and stems (10-1 5cm long) are required to make 1 teaspoonful of finely Chopped leaves. To keep up this daily dose, quite a number of plants need to be growing and well established to have sufficient leaves for a daily supply. For people who require a consistent, ongoing, supply of leaves, I recommend that as plants flower and set seed, that these be handpicked. Seed is mature when the capsule is 2cm long, with the oval seed receptacle being plump and hard, when felt with 2 fingers. Nip off the hard capsules and leave to dry 3-4 days. grow seeds. in large pots, a shady spot in the garden or styrofoam fruit boxes are ideal, as they can accommodate a thick planting of seeds. Cover seed with 5mm of fine soil. Water regularly, so the soil does not dry out. Germination can take from 2-6 weeks, depending on temperature and climatic conditions. For people using the herb daily with raw egg-yolk, it is advisable to get 6-10 styrofoarn boxes of plants established, and also to maintain an ongoing regime of regular seed planting. It is the consistent, daily, use of the herb that is important to improved health.

For any other therapeutic use, or people wishing to use it as a preventative and strengthen their immune system, the leaves and stems (fresh or dried) can be used as a tea, sweetened with honey, if desired. Some people blend the leaves together with fruit juice, or add to vegetables and fruits when juicing.

Herb robert has always been esteemed for its homeostatic action, the ability to help maintain an environment of physiological, organic stability, even when the body's natural function or condition has been disrupted.

This herb is undisputably a valuable addition for every person's daily well being. Use it as part of cancer treatment or cancer prevention.

It is believed that the herb was probably named after the 11 th Century French saint Robert, Abbot of Molerne, whose medical skills were legendary. Herb Robert could also be called a true saint for the way it has helped and blessed so many people.

you can buy Herb Robert tea at our webshop
100grams for AU$39.00
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from the Encyclopedia of Herbs and Herbalism:
Geranium robertianum L GERANIACEAE Herb Robert, Red Robin

Geranium robertianum

Geranium robertianum L GERANIACEAE
Herb Robert, Red Robin

A common herb in Europe and an old medicinal plant which was once official in the Middle Ages, and ascribed to St Robert or Pope Robert, hence the medieval name herba sanctii ruperti. It is probable that the plant was commonly associated with magic and goblins in earlier times, a fact reflected in the range of names it has been given in various European countries. Still used in folk medicine in many, parts of the world.

Description Unpleasantly smelling annual or biennial on erect or decumbent, glandular pubescent, reddish stems to 45 em. Leaves opposite, palmate with 3-5 leaflets with deeply cut divisions, on long petioles, deep green and red tinged. Flowers pink or rose, 5 mm - 1 cm wide, in pairs or peduncles arising in terminal axils. Petals have 3 longitudinal white stripes. Appear early summer to late autumn.

Distribution: Native to North America, Eurasia and North Africa; common on rocky soils, walls, mixed and deciduous woodland edges, preferring moist and nitrogenous soils.

Cultivation Wild plant.
Constituents Volatile oil, tannin, a bitter substance, geraniine.

Uses (fresh flowering plant, dried plant) Styptic; astringent; weak diuretic; sedative.

Mostly used externally for treatment of skin eruptions, stomatitis, bruises and erysipelas. The leaves may be chewed or used as a gargle in inflammations of the mouth and throat.

Formerly used in diarrhoea and applied externally as a poultice to relieve inflammations; also used as an eyewash.

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