The wild geranium is also known as cranesbill and crowfoot. They produce pale pink to lavender flowers from April to June. After flowering. “beaked” seedpods appear, said to resemble a crane’s bill, hence the nickname. The seed-pods explode in the height of summer, scattering their seeds far and wide.
Infusions may be made of any part of the plant for the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, irritable bowel, cholera, kidney problems, internal bleeding and many other issues that call for the use of an astringent. It is also antiseptic and may be applied externally for issues involving pus, discharge and inflammations. The powdered dried root can be used as a styptic. Although the entire plant is effective, the rhizome contains the highest concentration of tannin and healing properties.