Botanical Name: Pelargonium graveolens
Part Used: Leaves and flowering tops
Process: Steam Distillation
Plant Description: Native to South Africa; widely cultivated in Reunion, Egypt, Madagascar, and the Mediterranean regions of southern Europe and northern Africa. Geranium is a perennial shrub growing to 3 feet in height with hairy, serrated, pointed leaves and small pink flowers. The entire plant is highly aromatic. Because of its extensive use in the fragrance industry, it is widely cultivated.
Oil Description: Pale greenish-olive-golden yellow liquid with a sweet, rosy, slightly green-herbaceous aroma.
Historical/Traditional Uses: Geranium is regarded as a great healing plant, so much so that for centuries it was planted around cottages to keep evil spirits away. Geranium essential oil was first commercially produced early in the 19th century by the French, though much is now produced in Reunion (formerly called Bourbon), Egypt and China. In the 1970s and 80s, Dr. Paolo Rovesti, of the Instituto di Derivati Vegtali in Milan, used essential oils to treat patients suffering from depression, including the use of Geranium for the treatment of anxiety.
Applications (Uses and Indications): In aromatherapy, Geranium essential oil is beneficial for many skin related issues, including oily and congested skin, burns, shingles, as an overall skin cleanser, and for mature skin for is cellular regenerative properties. It is indicated for treating cellulite, poor circulation, nervous tension, stress-related conditions, urinary infections, and fluid retention; it has a cleansing effect on the liver and kidneys to help eliminate toxins from the body, and is recommended for anxiety to calm and ease the mind. In perfumery, Geranium is considered a middle note and blends well with angelica, basil, bergamot and other citrus oils, carrot seed, cedarwood, clary sage, clove, jasmine, juniper, lavender, neroli, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, rosemary, and sandalwood.
Contraindications (Safety and Precautions): Geranium essential oil is non-toxic and non-irritating, but may cause skin sensitivity or dermal reaction in some individuals. Best avoided during pregnancy as Geranium has hormonal balancing properties.
Standard Safety Precautions: Always dilute essential oils before using. Keep essential oils out of the eyes and mucous membranes; in case of contact, DO NOT use water, instead place a drop or two of vegetable oil on a tissue to gently wipe out of eye or off area of contact. In severe cases, seek professional help immediately. Keep out of the reach of children. In case of ingestion, call 911 immediately.
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