Geranium is a perennial shrub with small pink flowers and pointy leaves that is native to South Africa.
Out of the many varieties of the plant, Pelargonium graveolens is the source of the essential oil. The oil is widely used in aromatherapy and contains a number of beneficial compounds.
Geranium oil is often compared to the rose essential oil because they share almost the same therapeutic traits. In fact, geranium is considered the "poor man's rose" and its oil is often the alternative to the more expensive rose oil. There are several varieties of geranium oil, depending on where they are cultivated. The highest quality and most expensive type is produced in French island Reunion, called the geranium bourbon essential oil.
The well-known place for planting geranium is Egypt. Geranium needs plenty of sunshine for a long time. And the average sunlight time of a year in Egypt will reach 16-18 hours. So it’s a wonderful place for geranium.
So if you want to buy geranium essential oil, the source area of the geranium is an important element.
Then, what are the benefits of the geranium essential oil?
1. Reduce wrinkles
The geranium essential oil is an astringent. It is effective in reducing wrinkles because it tightens facial skin and slows down the skin's aging process. Add two drops of geranium oil to the facial cleanser or lotion and twice a day. After a week or two, you will see wrinkles begin to disappear.
2. Muscle tightening
Geranium oil helps to shrink and tighten muscles thanks to its convergence. It can prevent muscular relaxation and stop the skin from sagging, makes you more fit. Mix five drops of geranium oil with one tablespoon of jojoba oil (or coconut oil) to make a massage oil and massage the muscles.
3. Anti-infective agent
The antibacterial properties of geranium essential oils help protect the body from infection. Geranium oil prevents bacteria from growing on the skin, such as on wounds. Therefore, the geranium oil can be dripped on the affected area and wrapped in gauze. Twice a day until the wound heals.
When using geranium oil against external infections, your immune system can focus on internal functions to make you healthier. For example, dermatophytosis is a bacterial infection that can be cured with geranium oil. To treat that, you can add geranium essential oil to warm water or sea salt water to soak your feet twice a day.
4. Healing assistant
Geranium essential oil will speed up the healing process of scratches, wounds, and cuts. It also helps to diminish scars and other spots on the skin quickly. Because geranium oil has a powerful scarce performance. It can increase blood circulation under the skin's surface – which aids in the healing of acne, cuts, wounds, surgical incisions or skin allergies.
5. Hemostatic agent
Geranium oil can cause vasoconstriction which is helpful to stop blood flow. It also can accelerate the formation of blood clots, which aid in the healing of wounds or cuts and prevent toxins from entering the body. This health benefit even helps prevent acne. Try adding a drop of geranium oil to ice cream or iced soy milk (soybean milk). Essential oils can also be added to one teaspoon of wheat germ oil or linseed oil.
6. Support cell growth
The geranium essential oil can promote cell growth, and it is also helpful to the metabolization of cells. So it can promote metabolism effectively. You can enjoy this benefit by spreading the geranium essential oil in a diffuser or aromatherapy machine.
An increase in urine output means a reduction in toxins in the body, and geranium oil is a diuretic that promotes urination. By urinating, something bad for us like toxic chemicals, heavy metals, sugar, sodium and other pollutants in the body will be metabolized. Excretion of excess bile and stomach acid in the stomach can also be eliminated by urination.
8. Natural deodorant
The geranium essential oil has antibacterial properties, it is helpful to eliminate body odor so it can be used as a natural deodorant.
The rose-like scent of geranium oil is the perfect way to make your body refreshed every day. Mix five drops of geranium oil with five tablespoons of water, then add that to the spray bottle. Deodorant is just made by you. This is a natural and beneficial "perfume" that can be used every day. (You can use distilled water or purified water to mix with essential oils. Shake well before using and spraying on the parts that are prone to sweating.)
9. Skin enhancer
Geranium oil helps to treat acne, dermatitis and some other skin diseases. Try to mix a teaspoon of coconut oil with five drops of geranium oil and apply it to the affected area twice a day until it improves. You can also add two drops of geranium oil to your cleansing lotion or shower gel.
10. Neural analgesic
Geranium oil is applied to the skin and has anti-nerve pain effects. Studies have shown that applying geranium oil to the skin can significantly reduce the pain caused by herpes zoster (shingles are caused by the herpes virus). Studies have shown that the purity of the essential oil is important. For example, 100% pure geranium oil, the effect is twice than the 50% concentration, so keep this in mind when buying geranium oil.
Using geranium oil to relieve nerve pain, you can make a blend with three drops of geranium oil and one tablespoon of coconut oil. Apply this beneficial mixture to your skin and areas where you feel pain or tension and massage.
11. Improve mental function
The geranium essential oil has the effect of improving mental function and refreshing spirit. As everyone knows, it can help alleviate depression, anxiety, and anger. The aroma of geranium oil can help calm and relax the mind and body.
12. Anti-inflammatory agent
Inflammation is almost linked to every health conditions, and researches are actively studying the health effects of chronic inflammation and possible preventive medicine applications. Studies have shown that geranium essential oil has great potential for developing new anti-inflammatory drugs and has good safety.
Geranium oil can inhibit the skin's inflammatory response and help the body fight many health-related problems. For example, arthritis is inflammation of the bones and joints, and heart disease is inflammation of the arteries. Instead of taking drugs that reduce joint pain or lower cholesterol, it is better to reduce inflammation in the body.
A 2013 study found that geranium oil has a safer and more effective anti-inflammatory drug ingredient. The data showed that geranium oil can reduce inflammation in the body, and this essential oil has fewer side effects than the drugs for cholesterol-lowering and joint pain.
13. Insect Repellent | Insect Bites Treatment
Geranium oil is a natural insect repellent. To make the insect repellents, you can mix geranium oil with water and spray on the body - this is much safer than a chemical-filled spray. Baking soda can also be added to this mixture to enhance the effect. It also treats mosquito bites and itching. You can use it as a massage oil to relieve it in areas of itching or irritation.