Geranium

Pelargonium graveolens

Pelargonium graveolens is the plant we commonly know as Rose geranium. There are over 250 natural species of Pelargonium, so it often gets confusing as to the origins of geranium.  Pelargonium graveolens is a shrub that can grow up to a metre high. The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the furry stems and leaves and has a beautiful lemony fragrance with slight rose and minty undertones and is a gorgeous pale green colour.

Rose geranium essential oil has a wonderfully balancing effect on the nervous system and has been used to help relieve depression, tension headaches and anxiety.

Add a few drops to a cup full of Epsom Salts and pour into your evening bath for a gently relaxing bath.

A few drops could also be added to a room vapouriser or burner to help relieve stress, PMS, depression, anxiety and tension.

A few drops added to a massage blend provides a wonderfully fragranced oil. You could add 2 drops to a tablespoon of Coconut oil or Sweet Almond oil, or even Grapeseed oil.

In skincare, Rose geranium is used for its balancing and astringent properties, which means it helps balance the production of sebum in the skin. It is a great oil for skins that are excessively dry or excessively oily. It will help clear sluggish and oily skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which makes it useful for treating eczema, psoriasis and acne. It is also haemostatic, which means it will help stop bleeding. It will contract the blood vessels to help stop the blood flow and then speed up the coagulation and clotting of the blood, which aids in wound healing.

Add a drop or two to your daily cleansing lotion and moisturiser. For very dry skin, add a drop or two of Rose geranium to a tablespoon of Jojoba oil for a nourishing treatment applied over a freshly cleansed face and neck.

Remember, a dry or dehydrated skin could be a sign of lack of water in the diet, and also good nourishing oils such as avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, nut oils, etc.

Rose geranium stimulates the lymphatic system and has a diuretic effect on the body which helps balance water in the body, assisting with poor elimination of water and waste material. Because of this it is often used in the treatment of fluid retention, oedema and cellulite. It stimulates the adrenal cortex which produces hormones that are essentially regulating and balancing, which is why geranium is often recommended for balancing hormonal conditions such as premenstrual tension and menopause.

Insects do not like Pelargonium graveolens, which makes it a fabulous plant to grow around the house if you want to keep the mosquitos out. It is one of the ingredients in my Mozzie Mist, making it effective in keeping the mosquitos at bay in the hot summer months.

Rose geranium blends beautifully with Lavender, Neroli, Orange, Petitgrain, Rosemary and Sandalwood. It also blends well with Bay, Basil and Cedarwood.