Geranium is most useful for it’s ASTRINGENT (contracts and tightens tissue) and DIURETIC (relieves excess fluids and swelling) properties. It’s also an excellent INSECT REPELLANT! Geranium is most commonly used topically on the skin to allieve swelling and bloating, oily skin conditions, and varicose veins. It’s an excellent anti-inflammatory.
Latin Name: Pelargonium roseum x asperum
Plant Origin: South Africa
Botanical family: Geraniaceae
Plant Part: Leaves, Organic
Processed: Steam Distilled
Chemical family: Esters, Monoterpenols
Aroma: Floral, Rosy
CHEMISTRY & SAFETY
CHEMISTRY: Geranium consists of 55-65% Monoterpenols (alcohols of cintronellol, geraniol, and linalol), which contribute to it’s skin healing properties. It often has a small percentage of aldehydes which contribute to it’s antifungal actions. If you purchase Geranium for a specific action (skin healing, antifungal, insect repelling, perfumery, etc.), you really need to see the batch specific GC/MS because Geranium is known to have drastically different chemistry and aroma depending where it is grown in the world.
SAFETY: FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY. Keep out of reach of children. Always dilute essential oils before applying to the skin and keep away from mucous membranes. If the oil is past it’s “use by” date or stored improperly, it may cause irritation and lose therapeutic value.
Anti-inflammatory – alleviates inflammation and redness
Antifungal – inhibits growth of fungus
Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs and infections
Astringent – contracts and tightens tissue
Cicatrisant – cell regenerative for skin, healing to scars
Diuretic – aids in fluid reduction
Insect Repelling – confuses insects and deters them from biting
Skin Healing – supports the skin to heal
Tonic - strengthens and restores vitality
HOW TO USE
Swollen feet: add to a lotion and apply to swollen foot or ankle. A foot bath with Geranium will also help.
Insect repelling lotion or spritzer: add 10 drops of Geranium to an ounce of lotion and apply before outdoor activity. In a small spritzer bottle, just 5 drops per ounce of water will work well.
Anti-inflammatory facial serum: to help reduce redness, add 3 drops to an ounce of jojoba oil. Apply on clean skin before bedtime, avoiding eyes.