Plant: Geranium is a perennial plant that grows up to a height of three feet. It has pointed leaves and pink-white flowers.
Scent: Geranium oil has a sweet, fresh floral scent with fruity and minty undertones. It combines well with many oils, especially complementing the scents of lavender, bergamot, neroli, rose and sandalwood.
Extraction of Geranium Oil: The essential oil of Geranium is extracted through steam distillation of stems and leaves of Geranium plant which are harvested just before flowering to gain oil of maximum potency.
Geranium Oil Benefits:
- Geranium oil is an astringent. The main function of an astringent is to induce contractions; this helps makes the gums, muscles, intestines, skin, tissues and blood vessels to contract. This can therefore prevent muscles and skin from sagging, and it can prevent loosening and falling of teeth.
- Geranium oil can help prevent and stop hemorrhage, first because of it being an astringent (it causes contraction of blood vessels) and second because it speeds clotting of blood.
- Geranium oil has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties which make it ideal on wounds and other skin infection.
- Geranium oil can help the scars and other spots on skin to fade and vanish; this is because geranium oil encourages regeneration of new cells.
- Geranium oil balances sebum secretions, enabling its use on both dry and oily skins. Add this versatile oil to facial treatments and products to promote radiant skin.
- Geranium oil can help reduce and remove hemorrhoids.
- Geranium’s regulating effect on the hormonal system makes it a useful comforting oil for women of all ages.
Geranium essential oil for Aromatherapy: Geranium oil when used in aromatherapy can help in treating depression, anxiety and frustration.
- Inhalation – add two or three drops of essential oil to a bowl of steaming hot water and breathe in the steam for a few minutes with a towel draped over your head to capture the steam with the essences.
- Bathing – add four to six drops of pure essential oils to a hot bath along with a dispersant (such as alcohol or milk) to break up the oil on the surface of the water.
- Massage – using 15 to 20 drops of pure essential oil in 1 ounce of massage oil base is one of the most relaxing and therapeutic ways to receive the aromatherapy benefits of the oils, along with the detoxification of the body through lymph drainage and the stimulation of the entire circulatory system.
- Always buy your Geranium essential oil to a trusted and well-known supplier of high quality therapeutic-grade oils because there are many low grade oils on the market.
- Pregnant women should avoid using the oil as the oil is said to balance the hormonal system.
“This post was originally published on January 12, 2012 @22:32”