A Curious Connection
Compiled by Diane Handlos
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How is a 7th Century Irish saint connected to Geranium?
Our highly regarded medical consultant, William C. Dwyer MD,
that St. Fiacre (fee-ACK-ree) is the patron saint of gardening. The garden
connection to Geranium is obvious, but
Then Dr. Dwyer added, incidentally and curiously,
"St. Fiacre is also the
patron saint of hemorrhoids." Voila! Two degrees of separation, i.e.
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See below for more information on St. Fiacre and
St. Fiacre (Fiachra)
Patron Saint of Gardening and Hemorrhoids
St. Fiacre, an Irish Monk, spent his days creating
beautiful gardens and
healing, and became the patron saint of gardening.
< St. Fiacre's Garden, Kilfiachra,
St. Fiacre (Fiachra) was born in a monastery in Ireland about the end of the
sixth century and died
18 August, 670.. In a monastery , Fiacre had access to plants and seeds that
a normal peasant in
those days would never have known.. Having been ordained priest, he lived as
a hermit on the banks of the
Nore near the townland
Kilfera, County Kilkenny still preserves his memory.
fame as one skilled with herbs, a healer
and holy man, caused disciples to flock to him.
Needing greater solitude, Fiacre left his native land and arrived, in 628, at
As a priest, he was given land by St. Faro. St. Fiacre
planted so many flower and herb gardens
that he soon ran out of land. St. Faro offered him as much
land as he could turn up in a day.
Legend has it that Fiacre drew a trench with his cane and
prayed and by the next morning all the soil was turned.
It was during this miracle that a (possibly jealous) woman
went to the Bishop and accused him of working magic.
The Bishop, however, upon seeing the miracle proclaimed Fiacre a Saint and the spying woman a
The herbs that St. Fiacre grew and their healing powers
earned him the distinction of being a healer during his lifetime.
He cured everything from worms to cancer but specialized in
urology and proctology. One healing miracle to
which he was attributed was he cured a man of a large sore on
his “genitale” (you figure it out) by constructing
a wax replica of the part of that man’s anatomy. At the risk
of embellishing an already tainted story the last
heard of this mold was that it was used as a candle. The term
“figs of St. Fiacre” refers to hemorrhoids,
another specialty of Fiacre’s.
During the seventeenth century, Cardinal Richelieu, who was
afflicted with hemorrhoids, begged
that the Saint’s bones be made available to rid him of this
problem because they were said to
still possess healing powers.
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Further thoughts on St. Fiacre
"The Patience of a Saint"
By Adrian Higgins
Thursday, March 17, 2005
Information below from www.oshims.com
Other Names: Wild
Geranium, American Cranesbill, Storksbill, Alumroot
Elements Applied: The
root is the core component used in herbal medicine.
Active Components: The
plant is better to pick up before blossoming, when it contains high levels of tannins, like gallic acid.
Due to its astringent characteristics American Cranesbill is applied in
dysentery, diarrhea and hemorrhoids. The plant is also used in digestive
system conditions which can cause bleeding, including stomach ulcer. In this
case it’s mixed with other herbal digestives. When faeces contain blood, the
remedy can be successfully applied; still, you should visit your health-care
provider first. Additionally the herb is applied to reduce menstrual
bleeding, thus impeding abnormal blood loss. Externally the plant can be
applied to regulate leucorrhoea.
Commonly mixed with: In case of ulcer conditions Cranesbill is
mixed with Comfrey, Meadowsweet, Agrimony, or Marshmallow. For leucorrhoea
the remedy is used together with Beth Root.
Preparation and intake:
For a decoction take 1-2 teaspoons of the root extract and dilute it with
cold water. Boil the mixture and infuse it for 15 minutes. The decoction is
taken 3 times per day. In form of a tincture the remedy is used in a dose of
3 ml on average 3 times per day.
Safety: There is no data
or evidence concerning the safety level of American Cranesbill. There is a
possibility of interaction with chemical medicines. For this reason its
administration should be discussed with a health-care provider."