The essential oil of geranium has a flowery, rose-like fragrance. In fact, it is often used to adulterate rose oil. The essential oil of geranium comes from the pelargonium plant and should not be confused with the European genus of geranium, which includes crane’s bill. Beware of falsified oils or oils from the wrong plant species.
Geranium is calming, balancing and uplifting for depression. It is reputed to help with female hormone balance and is useful in easing PMS, engorgement of the breast, night sweat, and hot flashes.
Geranium is helpful for general fatigue and tiredness. It is also good for many skin conditions, including bruises. Fungal infections, wounds, dry skin, stretch marks, and cellulite.
Botanical Name: Pelargonium graveolens
Odor Intensity: High
Breast engorgement or congestion
Bruises, broken capillaries
Hormone balance (PMS, menopause)
Insect repellant (mosquitoes, gnats)
Neuralgia (especially facial)
Aroma: Rose-like and sweet, with an earthy, mint-like undertone.
Part Used: Leaves
Properties: Astringent, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, calming, diuretic, homeostatic, uplifting, vulnerary, tonic.
Emotional Concerns: Geranium is useful in cases of nervous tension, stress and anxiety.
Contraindications: Geranium can be an irritant to sensitive skin. It may cause restlessness or insomnia if used in the evening or if overused. Avoid long-term use if you have a history of estrogen-dependent cancers.
Mix and apply to the wound.
Add to 2 Tbsp Witch Hazel and dilute in 4 oz. water. Spray on skin to deter insect bites.