Essential oil of the month – Geranium

Geranium

Geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens) is a perennial shrub that grows up to one metre in height, bearing small pink flowers and pointed leaves. A native to South Africa, Geranium is now widely cultivated in Russia, Egypt, Congo, Japan, Central America and Europe.

The oil, which is a middle keynote, is extracted from the plants flowers, leaves and stalks by steam distillation.

A hormone balancer, this Essential Oil is particularly effective at the start of the menstrual cycle. It acts as a mild skin tonic and is frequently used in beauty and skincare products and regimes.

Key Constituents:
A-terpineol, citronellol (20-45%), citronellyl formate, geranoil, geranyl formate, guaia-6, 9-Diene, isomenthone, limonene, linalool, menthone, phellandrene, sabinene.

Body systems affected:
Intestinal, circulatory, nervous, urinary, glandular, skin.

Main therapeutic properties:
Antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, astringent, cicatrisant, deodorant, haemostatic, stimulant, (adrenal cortex), styptic, tonic, vulnerary.

Secondary therapeutic properties:
Analgesic, antiseptic, diuretic, fungicidal, sedative, vermifuge.

Main therapeutic use:
Acne, anxiety, broken capillaries, bruises, burns, cellulite, chapped skin, cyclical oedema, debility, depression, dermatitis, diabetes, endometriosis, engorged breasts, exfoliation, glandular problems, greasy skin conditions, inflamed skin conditions, mastitis, mature complexions, menopausal problems, nervous tension, neuralgia, oedema, PMT, poor circulation, sedentary state, sensitive skin conditions, shingles, stress-related conditions, ulcerated skin conditions, wounds.

Secondary therapeutic use:
Gastroenteritis, haemorrhoids, jaundice, kidney stones, ringworm, sore throat, tonsillitis, urinary stones.

Blends with:
Basil, Bergamot, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender, Melissa, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Thyme.

Safety data:
Non toxic, non-irritant, generally non-sensitizing (except Reunion variety which may cause slight sensitisation)

Other Information:
Constituents and quality of the oil can vary considerably according to the source and type.

Geranium Blend Suggestions
To calm irritability
Add 4 drops of Geranium and 2 drops of Mandarin to a bath.

To Nourish mature skin
Create a night time blend of Frankincense, Geranium and Sandalwood in a base oil.

To ease insomnia
Vapourise 3 drops of Geranium and 3 drops of Lavender in your bedroom.

To balance oily skin
Add 2 drops of Geranium to 4 drops of Neroli and 4 of Chamomile to a base oil.

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