Aromatherapy: Geranium

( Pelargonium graveolens )

Geranium essential oil is distilled from the upper part of the plant, leaves, and flowers.
Only a few of the hundreds of species of geranium, a popular garden plant, are cultivated for essential oils. One of the species, rose sented geranium ( pelargonium graveolens ), originated in South Africa and was introduced to Europe in the late 17th century. Research indicates that the oil of this plant was first used in aromatherapy in the mid 19th century. Applied externally, it is an all purpose healing agent. Believed to balance hormones, it may help relieve premenstrual syndrome. Geranium oil can help ease fatigue when massaged into the temples. It can also be used as an insect repellent. The aromatic oil is also used in perfumes, often as a substitute for the more expensive rose oil.
Aids with; small wounds and burns( apply undiluted ), anxiety, stress, menopausal, menstrual symptoms, athlete’s foot, eczema, shingles, sore throat, mouth ulcers, insect and stings bites ( apply undiluted ), headache, hemorrhoids.
For skin applications; mix 15 drops oil with 2 Tbs. vegetable nut oil, or aloe gel.
For baths; 5 to 10 drops to water. For inhalation, use a diffuser to scent the air or place drops on a cloth.
For hemorrhoids; 1 drop oil with 1 tsp. wheat germ oil, cold cream, or aloe gel. Apply with a gauze pad and leave on . Repeat as needed.
For athlete’s foot; 10 drops oil with 1 Tbs. soy oil and 3 drops wheat germ oil. Store in a dark bottle. Massage into feet morning and night. Before applying oil, soak feet in a foot bath of warm water with sea salt and 5 drops geranium oil.
For insect repellent; 16 drops geranium oil with 4 tsp. soy oil. Massage into skin. To ease itching apply undiluted geranium oil directly to bites.


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