For 10 days we are highlighting the top 10 most popular Essential Oils and their most common, everyday uses. We always stock these top 10 picks but there are so many more available!!
Day 8: Geranium
There are more than 700 varieties of Geranium, but only a select few produce essential oils. The entire plant is used to make the essential oil and usually results in a pale greenish-yellow oil. It has a sweet scent that is sometimes rosy and other times minty.
Pelargonium roseum, Pelargonium graveolens, Pelargonium odorantissimum, and Pelargonium radula are the plants that produce the Geranium essential oil. Geranium was native to southern Africa but now flourishes in many countries, such as China, Egypt, Morocco and Russia.
From a gardening perspective, geraniums can be found in many yards, gardens, container gardens and hanging baskets. From bright reds and clean whites to fuchsia and neon pink, geraniums are abundant and fragrant. Just as geranium flowers in the garden can ward off pests, Geranium essential oil is often used in natural bug repellants. It is common for use in preventing ticks from biting.
Geranium essential oil has long been used to treat female problems such as painful periods, PMS, and difficulties connected to menopause. It can normalize hormonal fluctuations, and eases fluid retention. It also eases breast pain associated with hormones. Using Geranium oil in a massage oil or a few drops in the bath are a great way to help treat these issues.
For skincare there are almost no other oils that can be used to treat just about every skin ailment. From dryness to acne, sensitivity to eczema, Geranium essential oil can be used to treat every skin type and solve a myriad of skin issues. Adding a drop or two to a plain moisturizer, or into floral waters can effectively treat skin disorders. Add a drop or two to shampoo or conditioner can help relieve scalp issues as well. It is known to give the skin a “healthy glow” and make the skin appear “radiant” and “youthful”. It is often used to treat Rosacea as it can improve the appearance of broken capillaries and for its soothing affects.
If you suffer from anxiety, tension, irritability and depression, Geranium essential oil diffused into the air can help ease symptoms. You can also inhale directly from the bottle a few times a day to relieve just about any stress-related condition.
Many aromatherapists suggest using Geranium essential oil to encourage self-confidence, self-expression, and promote harmony in relationships. It may also help ease the fear of public speaking.
There is a precaution for those with low blood sugar. Do not use if you have hypoglycemia or low blood sugar as Geranium oil lowers blood sugar.
Be sure to remember that the suggestions here are in no way meant to replace medical treatment. If you are having any medical issues whatsoever, you should speak with a Doctor or other licensed medical practitioner. Speak to a Doctor or licensed medical practitioner before beginning any essential oil treatments or therapy.