Geranium essential oil helps promote the appearance of clear skin and healthy hair. It is a popular ingredient in skin and hair care products. In aromatherapy, Geranium essential oil’s sweet aroma creates a calming and grounding effect that helps support emotions. The aroma can also contribute to calming nerves and reducing feelings of stress.
A member of the Pelargonium genus of flower species, Geraniums are grown for their beauty and valued in the perfume industry for their floral scent. While there are over 200 different varieties of Pelargonium flowers, only a few are used as essential oils. doTERRA uses Pelargonium graveolens for its essential oil. The essential oil comes from steam distillation of the entire plant.
Geranium Essential Oil History
The use of Geranium essential oil can be traced to ancient Egypt where Egyptians used the oil to beautify skin. In the Victorian era, for formal dining, fresh Geranium leaves were available at the table as both decorative pieces and for consumption as a fresh sprig. In fact, the edible leaves and flowers of the Geranium plant are popular flavoring agents for cakes, jams, jellies, sorbets, ice creams, sugars, teas, and desserts. The leaves also add a distinctive flavor to soups, salads, stews, and sauces. Depending on the variety of flower, the taste ranges from rose, to lemon, to nutmeg. It is also a flavoring agent for some pipe tobaccos.
Geranium Essential Oil Uses
Geranium essential oil is particularly useful for many skin disorders. It helps heal cuts and bruises, burns, frostbite, fungus infections, and eczema. A friend, after bumping into a piece of equipment at work found it left a bruise on his side that lingered much longer than anticipated. Remembering that Geranium promotes clear, healthy looking skin, he thought it might help fade the bruise. The results were dramatic.
The first pictures here show the bruise before applying the first drop of Geranium. Successive images were taken every 24 hours. After the fourth application, the bruise had vanished.
The uses and benefits of the Geranium plant are versatile. Besides promoting clear skin, Geranium can give hair a healthy, vibrant glow. Additionally, the powerful chemical components in Geranium naturally repel insects.
Indian researchers found citronellol, a monoterpene present in Geranium essential oil, when taken orally supports the liver in its post-digestive metabolic processing of nutrients. Some of the uses for Geranium essential oil include:
- Add a few drops to potpourri for a distinctive, calming aroma.
- Diffuse to create a calming effect in an area.
- Place one drop in the palm of your hands, rub hands together, and cup over nose and mouth and breathe slowly for a calming, grounding effect.
- Use in a steam facial to beautify the skin.
- Take internally in a capsule (or glass of water) to help support the liver.
- Add a drop to a commercial moisturizer for an added smoothing effect.
- Add a few drops to regular shampoo or conditioner to help give hair a healthy, vibrant glow.
- Apply to skin after a shower for a smoothing effect.
- Apply as an underarm deodorant.
- Combine with Fractionated Coconut Oil for a massage.
- Naturally repels insects.
Some companies use Geranium oil to supplement or adulterate rose oil which is more expensive.
Directions for Use
You can diffuse Geranium essential oil, rub it on your skin and take it internally.
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid. You can also place two drops in a Veggie Capsule and take with water.
- Topically: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. You may want to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other natural oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
As with all essential oils, please be aware of possible skin sensitivity. Keep Geranium essential oil out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before using Geranium oil.