I have always loved Geranium Essential Oil for its sweet flowery fragrance, and because of its versatility, it is undoubtedly among my favorite essential oils.
The best thing about Geranium essential oil is that it can be used for so many things, and suits everyone. Women in particular will love Geranium for its beauty-enhancing and balancing properties. I discovered them long ago, which is why I have used it in several of my women-centric products such as Alivio Circulation Body Oil, Hair Elixir For Dry Hair, Radiare Essential Oil Blend and Woman’s Help Body Oil.
Geranium is actually a generic name given to all the plants that come under the genus Pelargonium (this is different from the genus ‘Geranium’ which is distantly related and has similar looking leaves).
Although the plant has its origins in Africa, it was first cultivated in Algeria in 1847 to cater to the French perfume industry. Seventeenth-century Europeans have been known to propagate Geranium in their greenhouses, and the resulting hybridization has created more than 600 varieties and subspecies of the plant.
Geranium’s marvelous therapeutic uses range from healing wounds to repelling insects.
The oil possesses potent astringent, antiseptic, antifungal and diuretic properties, which makes it an effective remedy for urinary tract infections, sore throat, oral ulcers and yeast infections.
Geranium’s most common and widespread use is in the realm of skin care and grooming. It can nourish dry skin, relieve itchy scalp conditions and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Many people like to use Geranium essential oil as a room freshener because of its delightful fragrance.
Geranium is both analgesic and antispasmodic. It can provide relief from nerve disorders such as neuralgia and rheumatic arthritis. It is also helpful in treating chronic anxiety and nervousness.
A natural phlebotonic, Geranium can also relieve haemorrohoids, varicose veins and excessive menstrual bleeding. Its effects on infertility and menopausal symptoms make it a particularly useful oil for women.
A natural diuretic, Geranium essential oil stimulates the lymphatic system and aids elimination of excess water from the body. It is helpful in minimizing cellulite and edema of the ankles.
Geranium oil has excellent cytophylactic and hemostatic properties which speed up the healing of wounds, burns and bruises.
As an effective anti-inflammatory, Geranium has also found use in the management of eczema, psoriasis and acne. The oil is specifically recommended for dry, oily or combination skin because of its astringent properties.
It balances the production of serum and helps prevent skin breakouts.
Geranium oil has a regulating effect on the nervous system and can help dispel depression, nervous anxiety and fear.
Its scent is positive and uplifting, which instantly calms the mind and restores emotional balance. This is why it is indicated for both acute and chronic anxiety.
Workaholic people who have lost touch with their inner self will find this oil very useful as it stabilizes the mind and enhances sensory perception and imagination.
Geranium oil is a tonic for the adrenal cortex which regulates the release of hormones. The oil helps maintain hormonal balance specifically in cases of puberty, premenstrual phases, menopause, sterility and menstrual irregularities. It also provides relief from symptoms of PMS such as fluid retention and breast engorgement.
As a supporter of the adrenal system, it is especially helpful in managing chronic exhaustion and fatigue. Since hormones have a direct effect on our moods, Geranium can effectively combat depression, nervousness and weariness which are usually symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
Its sweet, friendly scent can dilute feelings of aggression, anger, and irrationality, while promoting harmony and equilibrium in relationships.
It enhances one’s sense of humor and encourages mutual understanding between sexes.
Geranium’s exotic floral-spicy aroma also works as a powerful aphrodisiac, enhancing sensuality and intimacy between a couple.
Since Geranium oil is non-toxic and hypoallergenic, it can be used by anyone. You can choose just about any therapeutic method to enjoy the benefits of Geranium, including diffusers, bath, compresses, direct inhalation and massage. Here are some recipes to try:
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