Geranium Essential Oil: Creating A Complete Balance
There is so much to say about the “flower of constancy”. Its elegant aroma is fresh, green and sweet with a strong rose note. Its sweetness increases as it evaporates into the atmosphere. A strong oil that is also light and soft at the same time that eases mental stress and worries, while lifting the spirits. So, did that grab your attention to want to know more? This is one of my all-time favorite Essential Oils that I keep in my travel kit. I make sure I never run out of Geranium Essential Oil.
The oil is distilled from the leaves. The name Geranium derives from the Greek word geranos or ‘crane’ because the seed pods resemble the shape of crane’s bills. It has been used widely in perfumery and soap manufacturing since the 19th century. There are more than 700 varieties of Geranium, however, only about 10 provide the Essential Oil. In the Victorian era, scented Geraniums were grown along the edges of pathways or placed pots indoors in the winter where women’s wide crinoline skirts would brush past and release their pleasant scent. Who would have thought that people went to such great lengths to steal these precious flowers from other gardens just to get their hands on them? There is something addicting about Geranium…
Regenerate Your Body and Mind
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) is considered among Aromatherapists as oil to promote overall balance. Geranium has a way of transmitting feelings of strength and security, therefore used to calm both chronic and acute anxieties as well as depression; especially involving exhaustion and fatigue due to over-work. It is used to reconnect us to “feeling life”. Because life can throw us a lot of curveballs, Geranium can help us reconnect emotionally and start to “feel” again…to have a thirst for life and its enjoyments or pleasures. It can bring us back to the center, grounding us to help us see things clearly and take charge.
This majestic oil can help balance emotions and promote a sense of inner peace and well-being. Being sedative and uplifting when needed, it is an ideal essential oil for stress-related disorders such as tension headaches, anxiety/depression, agitation, mood swings, frustration, fatigue, and muscle aches.
Do you ever get that feeling of being “stuck”? This oil is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to strengthen the flow of Qi-energy and is blood circulating, and also helps to clear and dispel stagnation. This makes it especially helpful for you to put your visions and thoughts into action.
Reproductive and Endocrine System*
Geranium is used in Traditional Aromatherapy to help cope with hormonal imbalances during menopause and PMS and the baggage that comes with it such as hot flashes, menstrual cramps, water retention, mood swings and more. It supports the adrenal cortex to help balance the hormones. It is famous in Aromatherapy to help cool a hot temper! Because it helps us to release tension and negative emotions, it can be used to encourage feelings of sensuality as well.
Geranium Essential Oil is commonly used by skincare specialist during facials because it is very nourishing and balancing to the skin. It is soothing to the mucous membranes and helps to cleanse and balance sebum production from oily to dry skin while restoring tone. It makes a great body treatment or massage oil for cellulite. Geranium Essential Oil is one of the few that has been used successfully against the MRSA bacteria in laboratory studies.
A Perfect Fit
Geranium Essential Oil’s benefits in Aromatherapy are so diverse. From balancing the body and mind, easing nervous tension and anxiety*, to promoting productivity when feeling “stuck,” Geranium Essential Oil helps to put us back on track where we want to be. Its aroma is strong, sweet, yet at the same time is elegant and soft. It has “Yin” properties; therefore it’s a superb oil for women to keep in their Essential Oil kit.
Since there are so many great benefits from the “oil of balance” I wanted to share some very useful recipes that you can incorporate into your Aromatherapy life.
A Brush of Ahhh: To refresh your mind and/or intrigue your partner, add one drop to your hairbrush and brush into your hair.
Body powder– To feel beautiful and sensual mix the following in jar with a tight lid, and allow to sit for a day before using.
5 drops Geranium
2 drops Ylang Ylang
¼ cup Corn Starch or Arrow Root Powder
Chill Out Bath: Calm Irritability, sit back, relax and inhale. Mix with 1 cup Epsom salts + 1 tbsp castile soap + Apricot Carrier Oil (or any carrier oil of your choice)
4 drops Geranium
4 drops Tangerine
2 drops Lavender
1 tablespoon Apricot Carrier Oil
Balancing & Uplifting Massage & Body Oil: This makes an excellent massage oil to promote Geranium’s balancing properties while helping release overall tension. Mix the following in a 2 oz. amber glass bottle.
8 drops Geranium
6 drops Lavender
5 drops Bergamot
4 drops Grapefruit
2 oz. Grapeseed Oil or any carrier oil of your choice
Bye, Bye Baby Blues– A blend that can help moms cope with post-natal blues. Make a body oil by diluting in 2 oz. of your favorite carrier oil (ex. Almond, Grapeseed, Olive) inside an amber glass bottle. You may also use it as a diffuser blend by mixing 2 drops of each.
10 drops Geranium
10 drops Grapefruit
5 drops Orange
Anxiety Ease Blends– Use the formulas below as you wish in the bath, in your diffuser or as a massage oil.
Massage Oil – Dilute in 1 oz. carrier oil (ex. Almond, Grapeseed, Olive) inside an amber glass bottle. Gently massage over your pulse points, abdomen and behind your neck and shoulders.
3 drops Geranium
4 drops Clary Sage
7 drops Bergamot
Mix with 1 cup Epsom salts + 1 tbsp castile soap:
Geranium is wonderful, isn’t it?
Nurturing Geranium and Rosehip Facial Cream
This delicate cream features rosy scented, balancing geranium essential oil and sheer rosehip seed oil to create a nurturing cream that also serves as a natural makeup remover.Ingredients1/2 ounce beeswax
3 ounces jojoba oil
1-ounce rosehip oil
3 ounces distilled water
36 drops geranium essential oil
30 drops carrot seed oil
30 drops lavender essential oilDirections1. Melt the wax, jojoba and rosehip seed oils in a double boiler until the wax is fully melted.
2. Remove from heat and allow to cool to a lukewarm temperature.
3. Add the essential oils.
4. Warm the water until lukewarm and place in blender. Turn on the blender and add the wax/oils/essential oil mixture to the water in a slow and steady stream.
5. Blend until a creamy emulsion forms.
6. Store in a jar in the refrigerator.BenefitsBalancing