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So, as Paul noted, I played the Wildcraft Game with Paul and Albert a while back. Then some of us played it again.

In the game, one card is for the native woodland plant called Herb Robert. I kept thinking, that must be the plant my Grandma calls "stink week" and keeps pulling with a vengeance from her garden! Finally, from looking at Arthur Lee Jacobson's article and photo, I see that Herb Robert is the stinky geranium my Grandma loathes.

But...the game says it has medicinal properties. Arthur Lee Jacobson said it's nontoxic. Anyone have info on how to collect, prepare or use stink weed---um, I mean, Herb Robert?
 
                    
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I wish I could get it to grow here.  It does indeed have an odd smell. Make a tincture of it and use it for tinnitus. Keep dabbing it behind the ear. the tincture does not have that smell.
 
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Thanks for the reply, Elfriede! Hm, a tincture...
 
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Isabel Shippard's book (How Can I Use Herbs In My Daily Life) has pages and pages on Herb Robert including recipes/use, some of her writing on it is online, but not all.
 
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Oh, good tip, Anji, thanks! (And welcome to the forums, by the way!)
 
                    
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does anybody kow where I could get seeds?  It is of the cranebill family and spreads like crazy if you have it.  I used to pull it up as a weed, though the pink flowers are really pretty.
 
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I just collected some about ten days ago. Maybe we could trade. I am in Australia. Otherwise I have seen them on Ebay.
 
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Thank you for the Shipard link.  We started Herb Robbert from seed this year, and it was quite easy.  We got our seed from Richter's in Canada.  You may be able to get plants this time of year.
 
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I just worked a client's home office where Herb Robert was growing lush and beautiful. I commented on how pretty it was and that my Grandma called it stinkweed.

My client said, "oh, we haven't gotten around to weeding there yet." When I told her it was medicinal, she asked me to send her more information. "Boy, if there's a use for it, maybe we'll leave that to grow instead of things like the heather that died over here." 

I like how she's thinking.

Loved this page of Shippard's: http://www.herbsarespecial.com.au/free-herb-information/herb-robert.html where it says:

Herb robert is a supreme, therapeutic herb. Although, very little information is available, on the constituents, this herb’s action is one of the most outstanding herbs that we can use regularly, as an enhancer of the immune system.


And then it goes on to explain its oxygenic (is that a word?) properties.
 
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