Healing With Geranium
Geranium oil is one of the most important essential oils, esteemed for its fragrance and for its therapeutic action on both the body and mind.
The sweet, fresh floral scent of geranium oil with its fruity and minty undertones makes it a fragrant addition to massage and bathing blends. It combines well with many oils, especially complementing the scents of lavender, bergamot, neroli, rose and sandalwood. The essential oil is distilled from the leaves and stems of the geranium plant which are harvested just before flowering to gain oil of maximum potency.
Versatile Treatments – Geranium is a valuable oil for treating depression, anxiety and frustration. Its uplifting actions helps to dispel fears, feelings of self doubt and insecurity. The regulating action of geranium also helps to ease menstrual problems. A valuable beauty aid, it balances sebum secretions, enabling its use on both dry and oily skins. Add this versatile oil to facial treatment and products to promote radiant skin. A harmonising, comforting and healing oil, geranium is also energising and relaxing. It imparts an aura of stability.
Active Ingredient of Geranium Oil
Geranium oil contains more than 250 different molecules belonging to many chemical families. Its dual balancing actions are due to its high content of stimulating alcohols and relaxing esters. Geranium is often described as an adaptogen, able to act as both a sedative or stimulant. Its balanced chemistry results in its regulating effect on hormonal systems and it acts on the adrenal cortex to balance the nervous system.
- Alcohol – Geraniol, citronellol and linalool are the alcohols that make up more than 50 percent of the oil. These have antiseptic, healing properties.
- Esters – Cooling, soothing esters make up 30% of geranium oil. Geranium oil also contains high concentration of acids, ketones, phenols and terpenes.