Pelargonium A member of the geranium family, pelargonium is native to South Africa and grows throughout the Eastern Cape. Pelargonium has scented, green leaves and is easy to grow, being popular with gardeners in hanging baskets! Pelargonium (or Umckaloabo) has long been used by Zulu tribes for a variety of illnesses and ailments. It first made its appearance in the UK in the 1920’s when an Englishman Charles Stevens who was suffering from tuberculosis made a trip to South Africa in search of a cure. He returned home fully recovered after taking pelargonium. By 1931 he had employed people to manufacture his remedy as lozenges and capsules. Today pelargonium is used as a natural alternative to antibiotics for treating symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections. This includes colds, coughs and sore throats as well as helping to prevent secondary infections such as bronchitis. Our Kaloba perlargonium range offers the choice of tablets, oral drops and a syrup with no added sugar.