Geranium – popular flower-garden plant
Geraniums are flowering plants that grow in the wild as well as in gardens. There are many different types of geranium that are common in mild moist climates in North America, Europe, and Africa.
Its flowers may be round, ragged, or frilled. And they may be pink, deep red, violet, and white. These plants may smell like mint, fruit, flowers, spice, or even chocolate.
The word “geranium” is derived from the Greek word “geranos” which means crane. The seeds resemble the shape of this majestic bird.
This unassuming flower has long history with seas and oceans travels, with ups and downs in popularity.
In ancient times it was believed that all types of geraniums had protective properties. And they say that the red geranium improves health. Geranium with pink flowers attracts love and white geranium increase fertility. Often geranium is a symbol of courage, strength and health.
Pink flowers are placed in bags for a pleasant smell in the wardrobe.
This plant is used in folk medicine and cosmetics. In many villages people put geranium leaf in jars with jam to protect it against mold. It kills germs in the air.
In some countries leaves and flowers were put in the soup instead of parsley.
Essential oils are useful in a variety of skin diseases: burns, ulcers, wounds, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and inflammation. Royal geranium helped the English king to deal with insomnia. The scent of geranium is able to relieve stress, fatigue and irritability. It helps to cope with mood swings, tearfulness, improves mood and drives away depression. Geranium is good for the people suffering from neurasthenia, hypertension, heart disease and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
There is a beautiful myth. When a flock of cranes flew over the field, one of them was exhausted and fell down. The snow covered the bird. Poor crane longed for the sky, and two tears fell down from his eyes. In spring geranium grew in that place.