Apple Geranium

Pelargonium odoratissimum

An evergreen perennial growing to 0.3m (1ft) in height. Five delicate white petals, in bloom May to July, with aromatic frilled leaves. It is a self fertile hermaphrodite (has male and female organs).

Family: Geraniaceae

Which probiotic is it in?: Apple Geranium is a key herb in Sustain

Habit and cultivation: Native to South Africa with a preference for shade, living under trees in light, well drained soils.

Actions (known for): Astringent tonic, antiseptic.


In Indian mythology it is believed to be the first tree created in the universe (also attributed to Amalaki).

Parts used:

Whole plant.

Constituents (bio available chemicals):

A-pinene, myrcene, limonene, menthone, linalool, geranyl acetate, citronellol, geraniol, geranyl butyrate.

Nutritional constituents:

Vitamin A, B3, E and K. Minerals: magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and calcium.


Burns, sores, shingles, gastro-enteritis, eczema, haemorrhoids, lice, ring worm, sore throats, stress, menopausal imbalances.


Blended into cream or lotions. Blended into massage oil or in bath. Used in vaporisers.

British Herbal Pharmacopoeia

Cautions for therapeutic doses

Avoid during pregnancy and breast feeding.

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