Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) Is a perennial shrub with small pink flowers, this oil is extracted through steam distillation of stems and leaves.
Geranium oil is often compared to rose essential oil for the sweet scent, they share almost the same therapeutic traits and is often called the poor mans rose as it is the next best alternative to the expensive rose oil.
Oh! But not to get fooled, this oil packs a powerful punch when it comes to its benefits.
Used as a holistic treatment, this oil helps to improve your physical, mental and emotional health. This feminine floral essence is commonly used in perfumes and cosmetic preparations.Egyptians have been using it for promoting beautiful and radiant skin.Geranium oil is now used to treat acne, eczema, and dermatitis. A therapeutic benefit of this oil is to help reduce inflammation while the antiseptic properties can also speed up the healing of wounds.
Women will seek out this oil for the beneficial effect on menstruation and menopause. This sweet-smelling oil can also uplift your mood, lessen fatigue and promote emotional wellness. Not to mention that it also tightens facial skin and helps slow down or reduce the effects of aging.
By diffusing essential oils in your nebulizer, the molecules are small enough to pass into your body and cells to support health and healing.
Here are some of the benefits of diffusing Geranium essential oil!
Regenerate your metabolism, Geranium oil helps in the cleansing of old cells and promotes the regeneration of new cells.
Urinary Infections, Geranium oil is a diuretic, by increasing the flow of urination you release more toxins, heavy metals, sugar, excess bile and acids from the stomach.
Memory Loss, Geranium oil triggers microglial cells, which release pro-inflammatory agents that combat inflammation in neural pathways, hence helps prevent neuro degenerative diseases ( Alzheimer & Dementia) the conditions leading to memory loss.
Anti-Inflammation,Research suggest that Inflammation is found in just about every health condition, Geranium oil is a safe and effective method to help your body reduce inflammation caused by many health issues.
Reduce Anxiety & Anger, Geranium oil has the power to uplift your spirits as well as improve mental functioning. Suffering from depression, anxiety and anger, the sweet floral scent of geranium is known to help calm and relax your body and mind. Also known to help lower blood pressure.
Respiratory Infections, the anti-bacterial properties found in Geranium oil can help prevent throat infections, when using topically dilute the oil with Jojoba oil or coconut oil and apply to the nose or throat will have a soothing effect and reduce soreness.
You can blend geranium oil with any of these oils (1)
On an emotional level, it has a balancing and calming action making it useful for alleviating irritability and sudden mood changes.
Skin Care benefits Geranium oil
When applied directly on the skin always mix geranium oil with your preferred carrier oil. (Jojoba, Coconut or olive oil)
Wrinkle Reducer, Geranium oil is an astringent, it has the power to minimize the look off fine lines and wrinkles while slowing down the aging process. Add 2 drops geranium oil to your daily moisturizer and apply morning and night.
Skin Enhancer, looking for a toned abdominal section, geranium oil will help tighten your muscles and skin and give you a smoother look.Combine 5 drops geranium oil to 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil massage oil, massage into your skin, focusing on your muscles. You can also add 2 drops geranium oil to your daily body wash. You can add a couple of drops to your shampoo or conditioner. It is a circulatory oil which means it exits through your body by perspiration, therefore it helps eliminating body odor as well.
Fight External Infections, the antibacterial properties found in geranium oil, can stop bacteria from growing on you wounds. Apply 2 drops of oil to the affected area and cover with a gauze. Continue twice daily until the wound is healed.
Aids Healing Process, geranium oil revs up the blood circulation below the surface of the skin which speeds up the healing process on spots caused by acne, cuts, wounds, surgical incisions and more.
Nerve Pain Killer, Developing research suggests that geranium has the power to fight nerve pain caused by shingles aftermath. (Herpes virus).Use a geranium oil as pure as possible, oil should be undiluted and therapeutic. For a restorative massage combining 3 drops geranium oil to 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Massage into your skin, focusing on specific areas causing discomfort.
Blood Clot Inducer, geranium oil causes the contraction of blood vessels and helps to stop blood flow. This helps in the healing of wounds and prevents toxins from entering your body. (See side effects)
Yes Geranium oil does come with side effects
- I personally have a diffuser going all day long, When diffusing geranium oil, I would recommend incorporating this oil with another oil (1) in the diffusing section. You still get the benefit of this oil without worrying about possible side effects.
- Some people can develop a rash or burning sensation when applied directly on the skin, or close to eyes, always do a patch test first. When applying this oil always use dilute with a carrier oil
- Geranium oil is a styptic oil, it causes blood vessels to contract and slows down or stops the flow of blood. This can be a health concern for people with high blood pressure and who are at risk for cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, atherosclerosis, and heart attacks. I personally like to diffuse this oil, I do not take it internally. These powerful essential oils should not be taken internally.
- This oil is not advised during pregnancy or women who are breastfeeding.
- Should not be use on infants and young children.