Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
Description: GRAS– Geranium is a hairy perennial shrub, often used in hedgerows, and stands up to about one meter high (3 feet) with pointed leaves, serrated at the edges and has pinkish-white flowers. The leaves and stalks are used for extraction, and the oil is obtained through steam distillation
Common Uses: Geranium has been beneficial for acne, burns, bruises, broken capillaries, aids oily skin (balances all gland secretion), congested and mature skin, dermatitis, eczema, fungus, lice and ringworm. Also cellulite, cellular regeneration, wound healing especially after facial or plastic surgery, sore throat, tonsillitis, asthma, mucus, rheumatism, circulation, hemorrhoids, itching, immune stimulation, jaundice, liver tonic, gastritis, colitis, sterility, infertility (rub on back of both partners), hormonal disturbances (very effective), menopause, PMS, and engorged breasts. May contain anticoagulant properties and may stimulate lymphatic system. May be neuro-balancing, sedative, and anti-depressant, soothing for anxiety and stress reducing. Has helped relieve diarrhea, ulcers, cleans digestive system of mucus, gallbladder, diabetes, urinary stones, fights infection, tone and tighten tissue. Also lower blood sugar levels, bleeding, anti-fungal, hemorrhoids, lice, edema, adrenocortical glands, consoling, acute fear (very good), extreme moodiness, abuse (apply over abdomen), hurt, emotional crisis (body massage), depression, self esteem. It can be used to even out oily or combination skin complexions and is said to nourish and re-hydrate and mature skin. Geranium can also be used to calm irritability, relax the mind and ease cases of insomnia. The strong smell of this oil is particularly good to ward off mosquitoes and head lice.
Blends well with: Angelica, Basil, Bergamot, Citronella, Clary Sage, Fennel, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Neroli, Orange and Rosemary.
Aromatic Scent: Geranium has a scent that is both sweet and herbaceous, while carrying some subtle notes similar in character to Rose.
History: There are over 200 species of geranium, some scented and some not. The plants originated from South Africa as well as Reunion, Madagascar, Egypt and Morocco. They were introduced to European countries such as Italy, Spain and France in the 17th century. In early times geraniums were planted around the house to help keep evil spirits at bay.
Cautions: Geranium Oil is non-toxic, non-irritant and generally non-sensitizing. It can cause sensitivity in some people and due to the fact that it balances the hormonal system, it should be avoided during pregnancy.