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Close up of pelargonium flowers


(pelargonium sidoides)

Botanical family: Geraniaceae
Parts used: Roots
Main active ingredients: Coumarins, polyphenols, flavonoids, calcium, silica
Actions: Anti-microbial, anti-viral, immune boosting
Good for: Colds, sore throats, coughs, blocked or runny noses
Available forms: Tablet, liquid

A member of the geranium family, pelargonium is native to South Africa and grows throughout the Eastern Cape. The long-stalked leaves of this rosette-like plant are mildly aromatic, heart-shaped and velvety. Its distinctive dark, reddish-purple flowers are present throughout the year, but occur mostly from late spring to summer with a peak in mid-summer.

History of Pelargonium

Pelargonium has long been used by Zulu tribes for a variety of ills. It first made its appearance in the UK in the 1920s when an Englishman Charles Stevens who was suffering from tuberculosis made a trip to South Africa in search of a cure. He returned home fully recovered after taking pelargonium.

Current uses of Pelargonium


Extracts of pelargonium have recently been attracting interest as a natural alternative to antibiotics for treating symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections, such as colds, coughs, sore throats, sinusitis as well as for helping to prevent secondary infections such as bronchitis.

Research shows that the anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties of pelargonium help to prevent bacteria and viruses from attaching themselves to cells in the mucous membranes as well as stimulating the immune system to stop viruses and bacteria from multiplying. Extracts of pelargonium can also act as an expectorant allowing the body to expel infected mucus, which makes conditions less suitable for bacteria and viruses to multiply.

How to take Pelargonium

At the first sign of symptoms take 30 drops three times a day.
You should carry on taking pelargonium for three days after symptoms have disappeared to prevent a relapse.
Pelargonium should not be taken for longer than two weeks.


Do not take if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Pelargonium can be taken with other supplements and there is no evidence that it interacts with prescribed medications at the recommended dosage although it should not be taken with warfarin.

Try this

Pelargonium can be found in Kaloba Pelargonium Cough & Cold Relief  Syrup and Tablets – Traditional herbal medicinal products used to relieve the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections such as the common cold based on traditional use only.