Herb Robert: Geranium robertianum “Saint Robert’s Herb”

HERB ROBERT (Geranium Robertianum)

If you would be happy for a week take a wife; If you would be happy for a month  kill a pig; But if you would be happy all your life plant a  garden. [1973 New Earth Catalog 55]

Herb Robert

Geranium robertianum long history as a medicinal  herb but the majority of people might see it as a  noxious weed  Herb Robert (Geranium Herb Robert, Robert Geranium, Stinky Bob, Red Robin, Fox Geranium many more…

In Itch Calm Tincture


Herb Robert has long history of use in the treatment of skin conditions. It’s main applications were to

treat skin conditions like eczema, hives, badly healing wounds, ulcers and itchy skin.

Plant part used

Leaves and flowering tops

Key constituents Flavonoids (including rutin), minerals (including calcium, germanium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium), tannins, vitamins (including A, B & C), and volatile oil

Traditionally recognized actions

Adaptogen, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-rheumatic, anti-septic, astringent, digestive, diuretic, immune enhancer, sedative, styptic, tonic, and vulnerary

Traditional use

The following list is based on reported traditional clinical uses of this herb. Its actual safety and effectiveness in humans has not always been evaluated according to current scientific methodology. Some of these conditions are serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider:

Bladder conditions, burns, bruises, conditions of gallbladder and its ducts, digestive aid, eczema, haemorrhoids, herpes viral infections, hives, inflammations, irritations, itchy skin, kidney problems, liver conditions, mosquito repellent, rashes, sores, stomach problems, ulcers, and poorly healing wounds.


Foot infusions are said to help remove toxins, heavy metals
and radiation from the body. This is highly recommended for people who have been subject to many x-rays, or people continually working in the fields of computers, cell phones, and other electronics, giving radiation, infrared and microwave irradiation.

Detox Foot Bath:  1 cup chopped Robert Herb place in a foot basin 4-5 cups of boiling water over it and stir, vigorously allow to steep for several minutes and also to cool down. Large glass of water,  your favorite book relax for 15 minutes. You could also add some peppermint or lavender essential oils.

Herb Robert & Cleaver Tea: 1 Cup distilled water 1/2 tablespoon dried Herb Robert and Cleaver OR a 1/2 handful of each, I also add a few sprigs of mint. You’ll eventually turn this into your own beautiful tea but this is one of my recipes I like to end my day with.

Herb Robert Tummy Tea:  1 Cup distilled water 1 tablespoon dried Herb Robert 1 tablespoon peppermint, 1/16 teaspoon crushed fennel. Allow to steep relax and enjoy

A story I came across while Studying this beautiful plant and felt worthy of a share. I’ll be adding my story soon and how Herb Robert came into my life, my personal experience with this beautiful weed.
The article below was from another website that I came across when researching more on Herb Robert. Compelled to share because I believe this is really where we learn about the herbs (Peoples experiences) I hope you find it enjoyable, as I did.

Botany Plants C1902 Herb Robert Geranium Robertianum

Herb Robert Tea and Other things Part 1:

I used to be active here last summer (’09) when my wife and I were working
to prevent or cure her possible breast cancer. We were doggedly determined
at that time to beat it, despite having no objective proof whatsoever that
she actually had breast cancer.

To recap, she had a needle biopsy that was inconclusive and from that point
the surgeon would hear nothing but to cut and leave her on the table for lab
results with the option to whittle away as he saw fit. Pardon my country boy
bluntness, but the ever-loving’ hell with that. Having seen me pull myself
back from death, she put it all in my hands. She also got real serious about
taking care for her health, far more serious that she had ever been before.

We did a great many things including making our own Oleander Soup which she
took religiously for quite a while despite that we made mistakes in brewing
and dosage which overdosed her and caused gastric problems.

Our/her turning point came when we procured a 13 millirem carnotite stone
from http://www.nighthawkminerals.com. My wife wore it in her bra, starting at 4
hours daily, increasing the time by 1/2 hour daily, until she wore it 24/7
either in her bra by day or taped on at night. It was during this time that
a large part of her breast and the nipple and areola collapsed inward, then
eventually filled back out, except the nipple remained flat. We did not then
know what we were looking at only learned about IBC (Inflammatory Breast
Cancer) later after it was all over with.

Consequently, it was after this occurred that the Oleander tea began to
really give her terrible gas like never before. We took this as a sign that
it was no longer needed and she stopped it. I do think Oleander played a
part in her recovery, if for nothing else than to keep the cancer at bay
until we got the ” hot rock ” .

We now conjecture that the lump was never cancerous, that it caused a
blockage that caused the cancer. She still has the lump. Nothing to date has
broken it down. We are headed in a new direction for that. We also think
that it was all her nutrition protocols that allowed the breast to rebuild
rather quickly.

I’ll pause here and mention again the theory of Radiation Hormesis. Both
Renee* and I mentioned it here on this group last year and got no response
so we dropped it. I’ll go no further than that again except to say that
since then we have really dived into it and it has been life changing for us
and our Lyme-infected daughter in more ways than I can presently enumerate.
(*Just to be clear, Renee is ” Gaiacita ” and she and I are not related).

OK that brings us up to date…

A few months ago while still searching for anything that would break down
this recalcitrant lump, we encountered Herb Robert Tea. It must be Geranium
Robertianum. There is precious little info on it or it’s effects to be found
in print or in the web. It is supposed to be able to carry oxygen to cells
and also to deliver natural radiation hormesis y it’s ability to pick up
natural Germanium from the soil, a natural radioactive element. Now don’t
get Geranium and Germanium mixed up OK?

We tried a little of it. It is VERY TASTY! It seemed to provide energy and
help with hunger abatement while not being overly stimulative. It is
supposed to be anti-tumor. My wife went crazy for it and drinks about 40
ounces a day. It has become her primary drink. She carries it in a liter
thermos everywhere she goes and misses it something awful if she can’t have
it. Unfortunately, it has done knighting obvious for her lump, leading us
still to conclude that it is a large lump of dead or scar tissue. OK we’re
headed off somewhere else with that.

But for me, drinking Herb Robert Tea, just a little bit, turned into ONE

And now I’m tired of typing so part 2 will come later.


Herb Robert Tea and Other things Part 2: 

So, this part starts with Peskin first, who tells us that our primary way to
*avoid* cancer (he carefully does not say treat or cure) is to get the
” Parent Essential Oils ” (his term) in our diet that allows our bodies to
make the proper forms of oils that will properly deliver oxygen to our cells
so they don’t turn cancerous even when affected by secondary cancer causing
agents, per Warburg’s research. I’d bet real money that this is what both
Oleander and Herb Robert Teas do.

So in my usual way of trying just about everything before I give it to my
wife, I focused on several oils and some of them did me some real good in
unexpected ways, but the most surprising was Nutiva Hempseed Oil, fairly new
to the market, and not mentioned at all by Peskin.

Botany Plants C1902 Herb Robert Geranium Purpureum

You see, I had my own recalcitrant breast lump. Had it for 2-3 years now
from using a particularly harsh systemic disease killing protocol that
caused this thing to form in my right breast. It quickly hardened and felt
like a pea or ripe soybean under my skin. After that, nothing would attack
it, nothing had any effect on it at all. It never bothered me, it was simply
there, that’s all.

Until the day that I took Hempseed oil. Within 24 hours that lump went sore,
doubled in size and turned red.

It just so happened to be when we also got our first Herb Robert. I drank
one cup of the tea about 2 days later. I had nothing at all in mind about my
breast lump, I was just tasting the tea, that’s all.

My lump reacted in maybe 12 hours, again increasing in size and soreness.

Another day or two passed and one day my wife forgot her Thermos of HR tea.
By this time I decided I liked it even though I was saving it for her. I
drank the whole quart that day because it would have been cold by the time
she got back.

By the next day my breast lump WENT NUTS!!!

It quadrupled or more in size and the inflammation spread out all around it
for 2 ” in radius. IT HURT!

To cut the story short, I kept taking Hempseed Oil and HR Tea but it became
very obvious that HR tea had the most effect on it by far. I also taped my
various hot rocks over it and some other experimental things. It began to
ooze, then I was able to squeeze bloody pus and blood out of it for several
days. It got very bruised from all that. It eventually opened up two drain
holes and began to weep plasma. Eventually all that stopped and it went on
the mend. The entire thing went on for about 3-4 weeks. It is now healing
nicely and has no reaction to anything that I ingest.

I can now drink Herb Robert Tea with no reaction at all, but strangely, I do
not desire it the way I did at first.

I will never know what I had in my chest. It could have been an encysted
parasite or pathogen. Cancer? Who knows? I sure don’t.

I am the one who suggested Herb Robert Tea to Sylviane. I see that she
reports serious swelling and inflammation of her breast now.

All I can say is that Herb Robert Tea is a really strange thing- it tastes
so good and it is SO POWERFUL!

And when it goes to work, it goes at it hammer and tong. It is ROUGH! And it
is apparently effective.


My Personal Story and experience with Herb Robert will be posted as it occurs.

As I stated above I will continue to study this beautiful plant research others experiences and give you mine. My story really is the herb found me called me if you will and my research began. Saint Robert found its way into my life yet another way. I started a little compost bucket and this summer to my amazement Herb Robert was growing out of it. Here’s some pictures of this beautiful herb that I took this morning.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ally
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 03:08:10

    Hi, all you herb lovers. Herb Robert is the most called for herb at Isabell Shipards (Australia’s Herb Guru) Herb Farm. Because it’s a high antioxidant and supplies oxygen to the blood cells, used for general well being and also for more serious condition.
    For more info:

    Also Isabell will be doing her last day Course this Spring on ‘Self Sufficiency and Survival Foods’, covering edible weeds, herbs, sprouts and much more.
    For more information or an enrollment form:



  2. karonv
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 19:30:16

    Ally thanks so much for your take on Herb Robert I love hearing other peoples stories and uses of plants please feel to post more I would love to hear it.


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  4. robin miller
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 09:32:17

    where can i find herb robert in seeds plants or dried. I LIVE N NEW ZEALAND.


    • karonv
      Oct 16, 2014 @ 01:29:25

      Robin I grow the plant and have sold them also on the net if your interested let me know and I can get you some.. we can work something out thats a fair price including shipping.


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