How I use herbs - herb robert

Jan 19 2015 0 Comments Tags: garden, herbs

Have you heard of Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)?  Of my four herb books, one does not mention it at all, and two only have a brief paragraph, which doesn't tell you much.  Fortunately, Isabell Shippard included a lengthy section in her book "How I Can Use Herbs in My Daily Life", which details example after example of Herb Robert helping people and animals with cancer.  

I know that they are only anecdotes collected by one herbalist, but this herb grows so easily and doesn't taste bad, so why not add it to your garden and your diet?  Maybe it will strengthen your immune system, maybe it will just be another bit of vegetable on the plate, it doesn't really matter though.

 

eight acres: how to grow and use Herb Robert
The tiny Herb Robert flower
Sadly Isabell Shippard died recently, and we are so lucky that she took the time to record her knowledge in several books and DVDs (still available from her website).

How to grow Herb Robert
Herb Robert is one of those wonderful plants that self-seeds easily, and once you have it in your garden, you will always have some popping up somewhere.  I was first given a plant, as the seeds are a little tricky to collect (but it can be done if you spot them at the right time).  And now I have to weed it out when it gets into places I don't want it to grow!  It certainly does well in the sub-tropics and I've noticed it growing wild in the bush around Wellington (New Zealand).  Does it grow where you live?

How to use Herb Robert
Apparently Herb Robert is also known as "stinking bob" because of its smell, but I can't say I've particularly noticed a smell or a taste.  Herb Robert is just one of the main herbs in my garden that I pick to add to casseroles, soups, gravy, salads, nearly everything!  Depending what's in season, I also add parsley, chervil, nasturtium, gotu kola and herb robert.  I will also add mint if I'm making a yoghurt sauce.

Herb Robert can also be used fresh or dried to make tea.  I add it to the dried herbs I use as a tea mix, also including mint, lemon balm, calendula and various other herbs in the garden.

eight acres: how to grow and use Herb Robert
Chopped herbs to add to everything
As I said above, Herb Robert has been credited with curing cancer and supporting the immune system, but the information is limited.  If you want to read more about this aspect, part of Isabell's article is reproduced (with her permission) on this blog.  There is also more detail in this youtube video about the ellagic acid and germanium content of the herb, and its properties as an adaptogen.

Have you heard of Herb Robert?  Do you grow and/or use it?  Do you have any unusual herbs in your garden?

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