Common name: Geranium Oil
Botanical name: Pelargonium graveolens
Habitat regions: Africa, Madagascar, Reunion Island
Common method of extraction: Steam distillation
Part of plant used: Leaves, flowers and stalks
Color: Colorless to yellowish or light greenish.
Scent: Floral, fresh, sweet, greente
Combines well with: Lavender, Grapefruit, Lime, Orange, Rosemary, Clary sage, Cedarwood, Jasmine, Juniper
Description: Geranium oil has been described as a great natural balancer for the mind and body. Morevoer, it can inspire and uplift, promote mental clearness and relieve stress. It is effective in skin care, flu, circulatory problems and can relieve the pain of pre-menstrual syndrome or heavy periods. It is also used in perfumery and as mosquito repellent.
Geranium oil has a similar scent with Rose Geranium oil but not so rosy. Because of its cheaper price, Geranium Oil it is often used for imitation of Rose Geranium Oil. The word “Geranium” comes from the Greek word “Germans” which means crane because of plant’s shape.
Geranium oil properties
Therapeutic action: Geranium oil is used for healing several skin problems such as eczema, burns, dermatitis and can aid greasy skin and cellulites treatment. What is more, it is very effective in immune and lymphatic system and it is used for poor circulation, fluid and urine retention. Furthermore, Geranium oil is used for various digestive (gastritis, colitis etc.), respiratory (tonsillitis, sore throat and asthma) conditions, arthritis and rheumatisms. Besides, due to its sedative and neuro-balancing properties, geranium oil can alleviate tense emotions, manage stress and relieve anxiety. Also, it is very uplifting and inspiring and can increase inspiration, communication and aid depression and melancholy cure. Finally, it can help in gynecological problems such as menopause and pre-menstrual syndrome pain.
Precautions: Geranium oil is described as non irritant, non-sensitizing and non toxic. Although, people with sensitive skin and hypertension should be very cautious and use the appropriate doses in order to avoid skin irritation and dermatitis, relatively. Additionally, it is advised not to use on women during first months of pregnancy or lactation and anyone who suffers from diseases of the immune system.