Geranium Essential Oil

by Socha on February 3, 2012

;Name :Pelargonium graveolens ;Family :Gerania...

Geranium essential oil is actually from the plant Pelargonium (Pelargonium graveolens.) Geraniums are in fact, a different plant altogether, commonly referred to as Cranesbill. Both Geraniums and Pelargoniums were once classified in the same genus “Geranium” but were later separated, although the geranium name stuck and is still in common use today.

Geraniums are popular attractive plants, which are native to South Africa and were introduced to Europe in the 17th century.

The oil is extracted from the leaves by steam distillation. It has a wonderful heavy but sweet scent and is similar to the more expensive Rose, although some varieties can have a lemony aroma. It is classified as a middle note oil.

Geranium is often used in cosmetics and can be used with the much more expensive Rose oil to make it go further.

It is an uplifting oil and has a great balancing effect on the mind. It soothes emotions as it helps to relieve feelings of stress, depression and anxiety. It is an adrenal cortex stimulant, so has a balancing effect on the hormone system and can be really good to help with pre-menstrual tension and menopausal imbalances.

Its properties also extend to the skin. It can create balance between oily and dry skin. It also stimulates the lymphatic system, so can be useful for massage to help with fluid retention.

 

For the Mind:

  • Has a fantastic balancing action on the mind and emotions and has anti depressant properties

 

For the Body:

  • It has a strong affinity for balancing hormones in both men and women
  • It can be used to relieve pre-menstrual symptoms
  • It has lymphatic stimulating and diuretic properties so valuable for helping water retention and toxin release
  • It is used in skincare as it has astringent and antiseptic properties and balances the production of sebum, so useful for both dry and oily skin

 

Here are some ways you can use Geranium essential oil at home:

Massage oil – Blend it with carrier oil for massage or use a few drops in the bath for:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression (including post natal depression)
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Pre menstrual tension
  • Skin conditions

 

Oil Burner – Add a few drops to some water and burn around the house for:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression (including post natal depression)
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • General uplifting mood

 

Cream or alcohol base – add a few drops to a cream base or alcohol base to use for skin condition, where oil is not appropriate for:

  • Oily skin
  • Dry skin
  • Skin toner
  • Skin moisturiser

Some cautions to keep in mind when using Geranium:

Do not use during pregnancy.

Do not apply directly to the skin.

 

 

 

 

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