Geranium

Geranium

The pelaruonium family includes a wide variety of ‘Geraniums’. Those that are commonly used for household plants are of a different variety than those from which essential oils are distilled. Even for essential oils there are various plants, countries of origin and variations depending on the harvesting process. It is considered a native plant of South Africa but is now grown in many regions of the world. Its fresh floral aroma it has just a hint of Rose and is used heavily in the perfume and cosmetic industry. For this reason it is important to be assured of the purity and quality of essential oil that you are acquiring since there are lower quality products easily available. Geranium is selected and tested for quality essential oil usage. It is of the botanical family Geraniaceae, grown in the Reunion Island, and steam extracted from the leaf of this plant.

Properties

Analgesic
Antidepressant
Antiseptic
Astringent
Disinfectant
Diuretic
Sedative

Application

Cellulite, be gone! Mix geranium essential oil with a carrier oil and massage it onto your skin to minimize the appearance of cellulite.

A bath made with 8-10 drops of oil will help relieve headache, premenstrual syndrome, stress, and tension.

For respiratory problems, use 5 drops in a vaporizer.

As a mosquito repellent, use 5 drops in a diffuser. Can also be mixed with citronella for a stronger repellent.

The variety of Geranium’s properties give it a wealth of beneficial uses. It has been used to soothe inflammation, irritated skin, bruises and even burns. Some report it has a balancing effect on sebum production that makes it great for acne as well as both dry and oily skin problems. Due to its analgesic characteristics it is often used as a topical agent for individuals suffering with arthritis or rheumatism. Geranium stimulates the immune system, aids in poor circulation, and is anti-mucolytic.

It has a pleasing aroma, is uplifting to the mood, and has a calming effect on the nervous system that is pronounced. It may be applied directly to the skin, diluted for an ointment or used with a diffuser.