Native to South Africa, now widely cultivated in many countries
Aerial parts, leaves, stalks and flowers
Geranium has a cooling, calming and astringent quality. It is known to be a good hormone balancer, helping to relieve symptoms of PMS, menstrual pain, tender breasts and water retention. Geranium is also thought to be strengthening to the adrenal cortex, helping to combat stress and bring back calm and balance. Geranium is also anti-inflamatory, so it is useful in the case of swollen joints, stiffness and pain. On an emotional level Geranium is nurturing and uplifting and can promote a sense of inner peace and well being. It is excellent for calming the spirit after grief, upset, shock or pain. The essential oil of Geranium can be used in the bath, or vapourised in an oil burner. It can be added to a massage oil or cream and applied to the skin.
Use 6-8 drops of essential oil in a bath and 10 -18 drops per 30ml of carrier oil. See Essential Oil Dosage Chart
Geranium has been apart of traditional African medicine for many years. Geraniums became popular in Europe in the 1800s when the French discovered Geraniums potential in perfumery.
Citronellol, geraniol, linalool,citronellyl formate, geranyl formate, citral, guaiazulene, B-caryophyllene, phellandrene, limonene, a-pinene.
Avoid use with sensitive skin.