Herb Robert

Geranium robertianum

This is a plant with a lot of interesting “aliases”: red robin, fox geranium, squinter-pip and crow’s foot.

In some countries, it is called “Stinky Bob” of course because of its ugly odor. So, if you plant a ring of Herb Robert around your garden , it will keep away deer and rabbits, and will also act as an insecticide.  Bees, however, like Herb Robert and will be attracted by it.

Throughout history this herb has been valued as a “miracle” plant but on the other hand, it was also connected with the practice of witchcraft:  a powerful plant, no doubt.

There are different theories that explain the origin of the name.  Who was this Robert? Perhaps a French monk of the 12th century, or a Duke of Normandy who died in the same century? Some historians even refer to the name of Robin Hood. Hard to know.

There are different theories that explain the origin of the name.  Who was this Robert? Perhaps a French monk of the 12th century, or a Duke of Normandy who died in the same century? Some historians even refer to the name of Robin Hood. Hard to know.

The plant is edible and not toxic at all: leaves, stems, and flowers are used in different medical treatments, namely: diarrhea, to improve functioning of the liver and gallbladder, to reduce swelling of the kidney, bladder, and gallbladder, and to prevent the formation of stones in these mentioned organs. It is also used for headaches, diabetes, sinus problems,arthritis, sciatica, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Some people use Herb Robert as a mouthwash or gargle. The fresh leaves are chewed to relieve sore mouth and throat. It is also applied directly, rubbing it on the skin for mosquito bites, parasites, herpes, arthritis, and sciatica.

If you are lucky enough to have Herb Robert around your house or nearby, don´t hesitate to try to print it : you will get nice results.  But a warning for superstitious people:

In some countries this plant is called “death come quickly”  (due to a kind of superstition that says that if you cut the plant and take it inside your house, someone will die soon) so, you can pick it up and make a bundle in your garden.  Not inside the house!!! 😉

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