Geranium

Drug Levels and Effects:




Summary of Use during Lactation:


Geranium (Pelargonium species) leaves contain small amounts of dimethylamylamine which is a sympathomimetic stimulant. Rose geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)oilcontains citronellol, citronellyl acetate, citronellyl formate, and geraniol. Applied topically, the essentialoilmay have antibacterial and antifungal activity and has been used for neuropathic pain. Topical application of fresh, whole geranium leaves, furry side against the skin has been used for cracked, painful nipples during breastfeeding.[1][2][3] Alternatively, geranium essentialoilmixed into calendula cream has been advocated for the same purpose.[2] None of these claims have been scientifically validated.

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Drug Levels:


Maternal Levels.

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels.

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


Effects in Breastfed Infants:


Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


Possible Effects on Lactation:


Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


References:


1. Petrie KA, Peck MR. Alternative medicine in maternity care. Prim Care. 2000;27:117-36. PMID:10739460
2. Stapleton H. The use of herbal medicine in pregnancy and labour. Part II: Events after birth, including those affecting the health of babies. Complement Ther Nurs Midwifery. 1995;1:165-7. PMID:9456733
3. Matthews AJ. Geranium leaves for cracked nipples. Aust J Hosp Pharm. 1995;25:538-9.



Substance Identification:




Substance Name:

Geranium

Scientific Name:

Pelargonium sp.

Drug Class:


  • Complementary Therapies

  • Phytotherapy

  • Plants, Medicinal


  • Administrative Information:




    LactMed Record Number:


    918


    Last Revision Date:


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