Cranesbill Root Cut & Sifted, Wild Crafted

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Cranesbill is a variety of wild geranium also known as Wood Geranium, Old Maid's Nightcap and Alum Root.

North American natives used the entire plant to make infusions and poultices for various skin conditions because of the plant's astringent qualities.

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approximate cups to one pound11
originunited states
active compoundsgallic acid, tannic acid
plant part usedleaves, dried rhizome
processingcut & sifted
sustainabilitywild crafted

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaKnobby and fibrous without remarkable scent.


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cosmeticDecoct or tincture for use in poultices and astringent washes, or infuse in oil to incorporate into ointments and salves. An infusion can be used as a dental rinse.
culinaryCranesbill root is typically tinctured or prepared as a tonic. It can be taken as tea, but it’s very bitter tasting.

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cranesbill root

Very bitter due to astringent tannins.

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what else you should know

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cranesbill root

Cranesbill, also known as alum root, crow foot and shameface, is a perennial variety of geranium grown as an ornamental garden plant. It is also found naturally occurring in woodland settings in Europe and the eastern half of North America.

Historically, cranesbill has been used as a tonic and restorative to check various gastrointestinal complaints, either taken as an infusion or as a fluid extract. Decoctions of the root (and leaves) produce similar astringent effects on the skin.

Unlike other roots that are collected in early fall when the plant’s energy is stored for winter, cranesbill root is harvested before the plant flowers because that’s when the tannin content is highest.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.