Geraniums are such beautiful flowers. During the spring, summer, and early autumn, geraniums bloom all over. Their pleasant smell and colors are not lost on anyone, but did you know that geraniums are great for more than just their beauty and aroma? Here, we will look at Geranium Essential Oil and how it is a great addition to your oil collection.
Geraniums were first found in Egypt but found their way to Europe, Central America, Russia, Japan and the Congo. Ancient Egyptians used Geranium Essential Oil to treat cancerous tumors, believing it had the ability to shrink them. In the late 17th century, geraniums were popular in Victorian homes, used for everything from finger bowls for cleansing to gifts given to guests.
Geranium Essential Oil comes from a hybrid of Pelargonium(not the traditional Geranium species) and belongs to the Geraniaceae family. Widely cultivated throughout Europe, geraniums actually originated in South Africa. The main suppliers of Geranium Essential Oil are actually in Egypt, however. Geranium essential oil is produced by steam distillation of the leaves of the plant--not the petals like one would think.
Due to the strong floral aroma of this oil, geranium is commonly mistaken for rose essential oil, which is distinctly different in both species and chemical components. Geranium is generally considered a middle note in aromatherapy blends.
Geranium essential oil has great benefits, including:
You can improve your mood after a long hot day with a refreshing body mist that could double as a room freshener.Combine 6 drops of Lavender with 5 drops of Geranium and 2 drops of Lemon. You can then add in 3 to 5 additional drops of either Cedarwood, Chamomile or Mandarin. Mix everything with an ounce of water, shake, and you’re good to go!
A good recipe made by our Simply Earth aromatherapists to help women with menstrual discomfort is our very own massage oil. Mix 3 drops of Geranium, 3 drops of Cajeput, and 2 teaspoons of Evening Primrose Oil. Massage your oil on the abdomen during times of menstrual discomfort.
Geranium makes for a good addition to your first aid kit. With our first aid helper recipe, you can easily assist the skin’s natural healing ability on minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites and burns! Simply mix 5 drops of Geranium, 5 drops of Tea Tree Oil, 3 drops of Lemon, and 2 drops of either Eucalyptus, Cypress, or Roman Chamomile. The mixture can then be mixed with an ounce of water, carrier oil, unscented lotion or aloe vera. Mix thoroughly and apply as needed.