Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) has a wonderfully uplifting, calming, flowery scent and has been used for centuries for regenerating and healing skin conditions. The fragrant influence helps balance the emotions, lifts the spirit, and fosters peace, well-being, and hope.
Used traditionally to support the circulatory and nervous systems, a great deal of its strength lies in its ability to revitalize body tissues.*
The fragrant influence of Geranium oil helps release negative memories and eases nervous tension. It assists in balancing the emotions, lifts the spirit, and fosters peace, well-being and hope.
A British study tested Geranium and Lemongrass essential oil vapors against antibiotic-sensitive and -resistant bacteria including MRSA, vancomycin-resistant Enteroccoci (VRE), Acinetobacter baumanii, and Clostridium difficile. The combined oil vapor, using them together, effected an 89 reduction of airborne bacteria.
Jean Valnet, MD used Geranium oil to assist with Hepatitis and fatty liver. Geranium oil is a key ingredient in JuvaFlex (#3375), which is an essential oil blend that supports liver and lymphatic detoxification, more on JuvaFlex.
Geranium Oil Historical and Medicinal Uses
Geranium essential oil has been used for these historical and medicinal purposes: antispasmodic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, hemostatic (stop bleeding), antibacterial, antifungal, improve blood flow, liver and pancreas stimulant, dilate bile ducts for liver detoxification, cleansing oily skin, and revitalizing skin cells.
How to Use Geranium Oil
For aromatic, topical, or dietary use.
Note: these uses are only in reference to the Young Living brand of essential oils as their quality and safety have been thoroughly tested. Please, do not substitutes other brands for these uses and the quality of essential oils vary greatly, even among those that have “organic” and “pure” on the label. Always read the label thoroughly to find out if an essential oil is of superior quality before purchasing.
Use 2-4 drops Geranium with an equal amount of V-6 Massage Oil ( a high quality carrier oil), apply to location and gently massage in.
Dilute with V-6 Massage Oil before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc.
For a luxurious full body massage, try: 10 drops Frankincense, 4 drops Geranium, 2 drops Neroli essential oils with 3 TBSP V-6 massage Oil.
Geranium and First Aid
Superior quality Geranium essential oil is a fairly reasonable essential oil for the First Aid kit. I value it highly for its topical skin healing, tissue and nerve regenerating effects. I also like that it is beneficial for the liver and kidneys.
- Geranium can be used topically with Helichrysum essential oil for bruising.
- Geranium can be used with Helichrysum for hemorrhage. More on Helichrysum.
- Use Geranium with Rose or Copaiba essential oil to reduce inflammation.
- Use Geranium, Helichrysum and Lavender essential oils to aid in tissue recovery.
- Use Geranium for mildly traumatic events, its scent helps negative emotions release, which can be beneficial after an unfortunate event.
- Geranium can also support hormonal balance, agitation, apathy, confusion, depression (add Lavender and Orange to this combination for nice results), fear, mood swings.
- Eucalyptus oil may be blended with Geranium as a massage oil – 3 drops Eucalyptus and 2 drops Geranium per teaspoon of V-6 Massage Oil to relieve heat cramps.
- For anxiety, try equal portions of Geranium, Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood essential oils.
Inhaling and Diffusing:
Directly inhale from the bottle or diffuse.
Follow instructions on your diffuser for diffusing. Diffuse up to one hour 3 times a day. There is info on diffusers here.
Try diffusing equal parts of: Lavender, Geranium, Bergamot, with a few drops of Patchouli for an energizing and harmonizing aroma.
Lavender can be used in combination with Geranium, Chamomile, Peppermint and Eucalyptus oils in relieving the effects of jet-lag.
Try equal parts of Lavender, Geranium and Chamomile to soothe restless or over-tired children or adults.
Dilute one drop Geranium in 4 drops of olive oil and put into a “00″ capsule. Then take one capsule before each meal or as desired.
Bath and Facial Steam
For a rejuvenating facial stream:
Try 1 drop Rose, 1 drop Geranium, 2 drops Orange essential oils in a bowl of hot (but not boiling) water. Tent a towel over your head and inhale (with eyes closed) to help rejuvenate skin cells.
For a relaxing and centering bath:
Try, 1/2 cup Sea Salt (or Epsom Salts) with 6 drops Lavender, 6 drops Geranium, 4 drops Rosemary, 4 drops Ylang Ylang essential oils, stir ingredients together and pour under running bath water, soak for 20 minutes.
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Lis-Balchin, M., et al. Comparative antibacterial effects of novel Pelargonium essential oils and solvent extracts. Lett Appl Microbiol. 1998;27(3):135-41.
Fang, HJ, eral. Studies on the chemical components and antitumor action of the volatile oils from Pelargonium graveoleus. Yao Hsueh Hsueh Pao. 1989;24(5):366-71.
Carnesecchi S, et al. Geraniol, a component of plant essential oils, sensitizes human colon cancer cells to 5-fluorouracil treatment. IARC Sci Publ. 2002;156:407-9
Disclaimer: These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat of prescribe. This information is for better understanding of complimentary and natural therapies. Dilution recommended for both topical and internal use. Avoid using on infants and very small children.
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