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Pelargonium Graveolens (Sweet Scented Geranium)

LATIN NAME: Pelargonium graveolens 

COMMON NAME: Sweet Scented Geranium

LOCATION: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique

DESCRIPTION: An erect, multi-branched shrub, that grows up to 1.5 m and has a spread of 1 m. The leaves are deeply incised, velvety and soft to the touch (due to glandular hairs). The flowers vary from pale pink to almost white and the plant flowers from August to January. The leaves may be strongly rose-scented, although the leaf shape and scent vary. Some plants are very strongly scented and others have little or no scent. 

TRADITIONAL APOTHECARY: According to How to Make, "Geranium is reputed to help heal bruises, cuts and scrapes, eczema, hemorrhoids, nail fungus and sunburns as well as help with insomnia and varicose veins. It is also said to be a great natural insect repellent and is well known in the ancient world as a tick repellent for dogs and humans alike."