A member of the Pelargonium genus of flower species, geraniums are grown for their beauty and as a staple of the perfume industry.
While there are over 200 different varieties of Pelargonium flowers, only a few are used as essential oils. Uses of Geranium essential oil date back to ancient Egypt when Egyptians used Geranium oil to beautify skin and for other benefits.
A go-to for the fragrance industry over the course of millennia, geranium essential oil’s aroma is one of renewal and buoyancy. This oil is great for skincare, providing an array of skin-strengthening applications, due to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, and astringent properties. Let’s take a look at what these properties have to offer.
Antibacterial products protect against infections and diseases caused by – you guessed it – bacteria. This includes bacteria that invade the digestive, urinary, and respiratory tract, as well as oral bacteria that can damage dental health. Geranium?s antibacterial activity does not impact the natural flora in the intestines and stomach, but only combats the damaging bacteria that may have invaded.
Most bodily pain issues are caused by inflammation of some sort, either internal or external. Essential oils often provide the body with anti-inflammatory activity. Geranium is one of these oils. This oil comes in handy especially for inflammation of the respiratory tract and sore muscles and joints. Whether topical, aromatic, or internal, redness and irritation can be supported through any applicable essential oil applications.
Antiseptics reduce the risk of infection when someone has open wounds, cuts, scrapes, or other injuries. Geranium essential oil possesses antiseptic properties and so can support proper healing, without worry of infection.
Fungi can infect a person externally or internally and produce more fatalities than other types of infection. The nose, throat, and ears are most at risk for infection and, if left untreated, the issue can spread to the brain. Geranium essential oil fortifies the body’s natural defenses against fungi and the infections they cause, making this oil a superior combatant against foreign invaders.
Astringents are compounds that shrink body tissue, which can be especially beneficial when it comes to skin issues, like acne or bug bites. Astringents don’t stop at the skin, however; they support and strengthen muscle, hair, and even the intestines, protecting against loss of important bodily tissue. Geranium is a powerful astringent, which means it can fortify all of the above.
- Use in an aromatherapy steam facial to beautify skin.
- Add a drop to your moisturizer for a smoothing effect.
- Geranium is great for both dry and oily hair. Apply a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner bottle, or make your own deep hair conditioner.
- Diffuse aromatically for a calming effect.
Directions for Use
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
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