Geranium - one of my favourite essential oils. Mmmm, the floral scent; the colourful image of stunning bright blooms. The geranium plant was first distilled for use in 1819 by French Chemist Recluz.
A beautiful, uplifting, feminine oil with many wonderful uses and benefits, and one of the best fragrances!
Best known for its use as a skin treatment, enhancing skin health, Geranium essential oil also has a long list of other health benefits.
Native to South Africa and historically used by the Egyptians in their beauty regime to keep skin healthy and radiant, the sweet smell of Geranium oil is also uplifting and commonly used alongside other oils to increase emotional well-being.
Geranium flowers are edible and used for their beauty, scent, and pop of colour as an edible decoration on sweet treats.
Geranium essential oil is the hero oil for the skin, aiding health and beauty in many ways.
Its anti-inflammatory effect can bring relief to painful inflamed acne, as well as speeding up the healing process of cuts and scrapes. The anti-bacterial nature of the oil fights infection and bacteria. By applying 2 drops of geranium oil to gauze or a sticking plaster, and covering the wound, healing time will be lessened.
Geranium oil has powerful cicatrisant properties, meaning it increases blood circulation just below the skin’s surface. This is highly beneficial in the healing of cuts, scrapes and skin irritations, as well as scars and blemishes.
The astringent nature of the oil means that it can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and tighten facial skin. This can be done by adding a couple of drops of Geranium essential oil to your usual natural face moisturiser, or to a carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil) and apply twice daily.
Just as Geranium oil can tighten facial skin, it can also help tone up other areas of the body, reducing skin sagging and tightening muscles. You can easily make a lovely rub to tone and tighten muscles by mixing 6 drops of oil into a tablespoon of a carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil) and massaging into the skin, paying particular attention to your muscles.
Geranium essential oil has a divine fragrance that is calming to the nervous system, and relaxing to the mind. It blends well with other oils such as Lavender and Jasmine to enhance and improve mood. The most effective way to do this is by using a diffuser such as the ultrasonic aromatherapy diffuser by Mood Infuser.
As well as improving and uplifting mood, a diffuser of Geranium oil can also restore respiratory health. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of Geranium essential oil can reduce the likelihood of sinus and throat infections. The oil soothes and relieves soreness of inflamed respiratory membranes.
No more stink!
Due to its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, Geranium oil is the perfect oil to use as a natural deodorant leaving you smelling fresh and floral. Its long-lasting scent aids in eliminating body odour, and an amazing benefit of geranium oil is that it is a circulatory oil, meaning it exits the body through perspiration, leaving you smelling pleasant and fresh after physical activity.
A natural deodorant can be made using equal parts coconut oil and baking soda and adding geranium essential oil. Melt the coconut oil gently with the baking soda until they are well combined, and adding 5 drops of Geranium essential oil once cool. (Less baking soda can be used if skin irritation occurs).
Geranium essential oil has been found to alleviate the symptoms of hormone imbalance and help menopausal women manage hormonal changes that occur during this life stage. Inhaling geranium oil (a few drops on a tissue) can be useful as an immediate stress reliever, and adding it to bath water can further reduce anxiety and battle fatigue.
The balancing nature of Geranium essential oil blends well with Lavender and Neroli to support the adrenal cortex (which controls the release of hormones) providing relief from hormone imbalance issues (PMS, puberty, menopause, fluid retention).
Geranium’s slightly exotic scent is a powerful aphrodisiac.
The calming, balancing yet uplifting nature of Geranium essential oil makes it a wonderful oil to put you in the mood for romance!
The fragrant oil balances hormones and emotions and increases blood circulation.
Geranium oil blends beautifully with other aphrodisiac oils such as Ylang Ylang, Rose and Sandalwood, in a bubble bath before bed, or in a room diffuser to set the mood.
While we may love the smell of Geranium essential oil, bugs do not!
Research completed in 2013 found specific chemicals in Geranium were just as effective as DEET.
To make your own insect repellent, add 15 drops of Geranium essential oil to 20ml of extra virgin olive oil and apply to the skin when needed. This can also ease the inflammation and itchiness of bites from the critters that got through!
Around the home, Geranium oil is useful to add to your household cleaner to control dust mites.
Geranium essential oil is rich in antioxidants and contains the flavonoid Quercetin, which is well known for its ability to ease allergies, and reduce inflammation. For hay-fever relief or digestive discomfort caused by food allergies, inhale a few drops of geranium oil from your hands for immediate concentrated effect, or for all day allergy relief, add the essential oil to a room diffuser such as the ultrasonic aromatherapy diffuser from Mood Infuser.
Digestive discomfort caused by food allergies can be relieved by massaging geranium essential oil into the soles of the feet. In this way, the oil is able to move through the larger skin pores on the feet, directly into the bloodstream and go to work quickly and effectively, to bring about relief.
Possible skin sensitivity - If you have sensitive skin please do a patch test on the inner elbow before using Geranium essential oil on any other skin areas.
It is not recommended for use on babies or very young children due to their delicate skin.
Due to the impact Geranium oil has on hormones, it is not recommended for use in pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Geranium oil can affect blood circulation and is therefore not recommended for those who have high blood pressure of a history of cardiovascular disease.
About the author
Kim McCormack is a qualified Naturopath. She has a Diploma in Naturopathy, a Diploma in Reflexology, and a Certificate of Massage. Kim is the owner of Holistics NZ - Natural Therapies for Body Harmony.
Kim lives in Nelson, NZ with her family and enjoys all that the region has to offer - sunshine, sea, mountains, and fresh air. Kim has spent over 20 years in the Education sector as a teacher (both in NZ and overseas). She is passionate about educating and inspiring people to live a healthy, full life, using natural therapies that are matched to each individual.
Qualifications :~ BEd, Dip.Tchg, Dip.Naturopathy, Dip.Reflexology, Cert.RelaxationMassage L4