Geranium. It is sometimes called Stork-bill, Dove's-foot. There are many kinds of it. It is more generally known by its Botanical name than otherwise, Geranium. While some are tender and cultivated in the Greenhouse, others grow wild in many places by the path-sides. That known as Dove's-foot has small, round, pale-green leaves indented at the edges, resembling mallows, standing upon long hairy stalks, lying in a round compass upon the ground, from which rise two or more reddish jointed, slender, hairy stalks, having similar leaves, upon which grow many small bright red flowers, of five leaves each.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Cranesbill:

It is good for the colic, and for the gravel. The decoction in wine cures inward wounds, hurts, or bruises, arrests the bleeding, and expels the congealed blood. The decoction is a good fomentation for gout, joint-aches, or pain of the sinews. The root is very astringent, subtonic, and antiseptic. It is one of the most pleasant and valuable astringents known. It gives tone to the stomach and bowels, restrains all immoderate discharges, and prevents inward mortification. It is excellent for all bowel complaints. The best is a decoction by boiling the root in milk. An infusion of the root immediately suppresses bleeding at the lungs.—The dose of the root from 12 to 25 grains.
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