Geranium Essential Oil
Often referred to as ‘the poor man’s rose oil’, geranium essential oil is a gorgeous, floral essential oil which gives off a potent, long-lasting and sweet rose-like aroma. Geranium essential oil is only needed in small amounts, as you will still be able to smell the floral scent of just a few drops for days afterward. Traditionally, this essential oil is used to promote skin health, repairing damaged skin, and rejuvenation. It is also widely known for its range of benefits on emotional health, being effective in reducing tension and stress and improving well-being and calm.
Primary Physical Benefits
Geranium essential oil has a range of excellent physical health benefits. These include:
- Promotion of healthy hair growth and condition;
- Rejuvenation and repair of skin;
- Promotion of clear, healthy skin, and
- Maintaining health and strong skin cells.
Primary Emotional Benefits
This essential oil is well-known for its range of helpful benefits on emotional health. It is said to help a person regain their trust in themselves, others and even the world – making it an ideal supplement for those suffering from anxiety, trust issues, anger and other overwhelming emotions. The heart-centered geranium essential oil has been said to help people to heal from emotional pain, tear down mental barriers, and better manage their emotions.
Because of this, geranium essential oil is a useful product to use when one is suffering due to trauma or severe psychological past hurt. It can help promote the opening up of the mind, expression of emotions, and relieve emotional pain and stress caused from repressing emotions and thoughts over time.
In much the same way that harmful compounds and chemicals can be absorbed into the bloodstream through inhalation, the healing, relaxing and other positive properties of geranium essential oil can also be absorbed as a result of being inhaled. Aromatic use of geranium essential oil can help to relieve stress and tension. The gorgeous, appealing floral aroma of this oil also means that it is one of the most popular essential oils for aromatic use. Methods of aromatic use include:
- Diffusion: Diffusing the oil is one of the most popular ways to use this essential oil aromatically, as this method is not only an easy way to inhale the oil but can also double up as a home scent or air purifying method. When using a diffuser, it is important to choose a high-quality diffusion product as this will use either ultrasonic vibrations or room/cool temperature to diffuse the oil molecules into the air, ensuring that they are not subject to any heat damage and will remain air-bound for as long as possible.
- Direct Inhalation: Direct inhalation of this essential oil can be extremely useful during periods of extreme stress or tension. For help with relaxation and calm, simply hold the bottle a few inches away from your nose and breathe deeply. Or, add a couple of drops to the palms of your hands and cup around your nose and mouth.
- Indirect Inhalation: Indirect inhalation can be a great way to absorb the goodness of geranium essential oil even if you don’t have your bottle handy. To do this, simply add a few drops of the oil onto a pillowcase, cloth, handkerchief or even a cotton ball which you can use to inhale the aroma from. Adding to a pillowcase can be an effective way of getting a restful, calm and rejuvenating sleep.
- Steam Tent: Adding a few drops of geranium essential oil to warm water, placing a towel over your head and leaning over the water to breathe in the steam is another good method for aromatic use. This can not only help to clear your airways and promote clear breathing, it can also double up as an aromatherapy steam facial to promote healthy, smooth and clear facial skin.
- Perfume: Due to the sweet, floral scent of this essential oil, it makes an excellent choice of perfume. Simply add a few drops to behind the ears and/or the insides of the wrists.
Geranium oil is safe for topical use, although you should take extra care when using if you have sensitive skin. Due to the health properties of this essential oil for the skin, it is a popular choice of massage oil. The ways in which you can use geranium essential oil topically include:
- As a massage oil either on its own or mixed with a carrier oil
- Rub into irritated or dry skin to promote healing and rejuvenate
- Add a drop to a moisturizer or facial cleansing product to help further tone and cleanse the skin
- Add a few drops to hair products such as shampoo, conditioner or hair masques to promote stronger hair and healthier hair growth – it’ll make your hair smell gorgeous, too!
- Gently warm oil and leave on hair for a few hours to help promote the healing of broken or damaged hair and increase strength in follicles and strands
- Add a few drops to bath water for a rejuvenating, relaxing and stress-relieving bath
- Mix with other complimenting essential oils such as lemon, grapefruit, lavender or cedarwood to create natural health and beauty products such as soaps, body scrubs, moisturizers, bath salts, bath oils, bath bombs or body sprays
Geranium essential oil is not commonly used internally; however, it is safe to do so. Due to the scent and flavor of this floral oil, it is not commonly used in cooking and flavoring of food – although if you wanted to try, you could definitely do so.
Because of the positive effect on skin and hair health, taking geranium essential oil as a dietary supplement can help to further promote healthy, rejuvenated skin and hair. This can be done by placing one to two drops of the essential oil into an empty veggie capsule and swallowing with water as a tablet.
Using Around the Home
Due to the appealing aroma of this essential oil, it is commonly found in many uses around the home. For example, a diffuser is often used with geranium essential oil for the purpose of home scent and air purification, giving your home a gorgeous aroma whilst also providing you with the aromatic benefits of the oil molecules in the air.
Additionally, you can use geranium essential oil as a home air freshener or scent by mixing a few drops with distilled water and placing in a spray bottle. Create different scents by adding other essential oils of your choice to the blend. This natural spray will not only make your home smell beautiful, but you will not need to worry about any harmful chemicals being air-borne as is the case with many manufactured air purification products sold in stores today.
For sweet-smelling laundry, add a few drops of geranium essential oil to unscented laundry detergent or fabric conditioner before washing. Alternatively, spray wet clothing with this essential oil before placing in the tumble dryer or hanging out on the clothes line.
Geranium essential oil can also be added to a range of household products such as cleaning products, household paint, or even craft paint to create a more appealing aroma.
Geranium essential oil is safe to use aromatically, topically and internally – but as with all essential oils, there are a range of considerations which you will need to keep in mind before you use the oil.
For those planning to use geranium essential oil topically, it is advisable to always conduct a skin patch test at least twenty-four hours before your first application. This is to help you determine how your skin is likely to react to the oil, allowing you to rule out the possibility of an allergic reaction or other adverse effect. To conduct a patch test, rub a small amount of the oil onto an area of your inner arm. In general, geranium essential oil does not require dilution to use topically, however if you suffer from sensitive skin or are using the oil with children or infants, you should dilute it by one-part oil to three-parts water.
Geranium essential oil is suitable for use during pregnancy with the approval of a health professional such as a midwife or OBGYN. Keep out of ears, nose and mouth and wash with clean water if irritation occurs. If you experience any adverse reactions to using this oil in any manner, stop immediately and seek medical attention if required.