A member of the Pelargonium genus of flower species, Geraniums are grown for their beauty and as a staple of the perfume industry. While there are over 200 different varieties of Pelargonium flowers, only a few are used as essential oils. Uses of Geranium essential oil date back to ancient Egypt when Egyptians used Geranium oil to beautify skin and for its internal health benefits. In the Victorian era, fresh Geranium leaves were placed at formal dining tables as decorative pieces and to be consumed as a fresh sprig if desired; in fact, the edible leaves and flowers of the plant are often used in desserts, cakes, jellies, and teas. As an essential oil, Geranium has been used to promote clear, healthy skin—making it ideal for skin care products. It also helps calm nerves, lessen anxiety, and support a healthy liver.
Geranium is steam distillation from leaves.
The properties of Geranium:
- Insect repellent
When diffused Geranium may help to release negative memories and take a person back to peaceful, joyful memories. It may also help ease nervous tension and stress, balance the emotions, lift the spirit, and foster peace, well-being, and hope.
How to apply Geranium:
- Topically – Can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply to reflex points and directly on area of concern; diffuse.
- Aromatically – Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internally – Geranium oil is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA. Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or 4 oz. of beverage. Not for children under 6 years old.
- Use in an aromatherapy steam facial to beautify skin.
- Add a drop to your moisturizer to help balance oil production.
- Geranium is great for both dry and oily hair. Apply a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner bottle, or make your own deep hair conditioner.
- Diffuse aromatically to help relieve occasional stress, anxiety, and tension.
- Promotes clear, healthy skin
- Helps calm nerves and lessen anxiety
- Supports liver health
Safety precautions using Geranium
Repeated use can possibly result in some contact sensitization.