Why You Should Use Geranium As Your May Essential Oil Of The Month!

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Geranium Essential Oil is the essential Oil that you never knew you needed!

It is good for so many things! Which is why I include it in my Essential Oil First Aid Kit.

The Amazing Benefits of a Geranium Essential Oil!

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Why You Should Use Geranium as Your May Essential Oil of The Month!

Isn’t the Geranium flower beautiful?! And trust me, the fragrance is just as wonderful!

Scientific Name:

First let’s look at the scientific name for Geranium. It is: Pelargonium roseum

For those of you that are new to my Essential Oil of The Month Posts, as we discussed in January’s post, knowing the scientific name of an essential oil is very important. Some essential oils have lots of different species. Some of these species can be harmful to certain people or could be used for different things. So it is important when purchasing an essential oil to make sure that you read the full scientific name so that you know what you are getting.

What is Geranium essential oil and where does it come from?

The Geranium essential oil that I use and recommend is painstakingly harvested in Madagascar from the wild-crafted leaves and flowering tops of the plant.

It is not the same ‘Geranium’ flower that you are used to buying in bouquets and at your local nursery. It is from a totally different Geranium plant, as you can tell from the beautiful picture of the Geranium flower above.

Geranium’ History:

Geranium is considered ‘the poor man’s rose’ in that it is not nearly as pricey as Rose essential oil, yet it has a floral rose-like scent. It is often used to adulterate rose oil, because it is so close in scent.

Historically, all parts of the Geranium plant were used by Native Americans to treat various disorders, including diarrhea, excessive bleeding, and inflammatory disorders. It has also been used in perfumery and soap making.

Why You Should Use Geranium Essential Oil!

How can Geranium benefit you?

  • According to the Be Young Total Health Desk Reference, Geranium Essential Oil has a profound impact on several body systems, most notably the integumentary system (the skin).

  • Also, according to Be Young recent research has focused on the antimicrobial properties of geranium. In limited human research, geranium oil has been studied as a mosquito repellant.

  • According to Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D. in his book The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, he recommends Geranium as an excellent essential oil to use in the shower!

Here is a quote from his book regarding this: “An effective, pleasant, and truly effortless way to use oils is to apply them to the skin during a shower. This form of application allows the use of larger quantities of oil, somewhere between 5 and 20 drops per application. Start with less if you are not sure how a specific oil will be tolerated…. To apply an oil in the shower, turn off the water halfway through and distribute a few drops on the wet skin. Clearly, the oil will not mix with the water on the skin. This is, however, not a problem but an advantage. As the oil is repulsed by the water, its tendency to be absorbed into the fatty skin tissue will increase.”

He specifically lists Geranium Essential Oil, among other oils, as a great essential oil for the shower, stating that it is very nurturing. If you would like to see the other essential oils he recommends for shower use you can find them in his book ‘The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils‘.

  • Dr. Schnaubelt also lists recipes for various infections that include Geranium Essential Oil. For example, he lists a respiratory blend, as well as blends for other infections.

  • According to Jennifer Pressimone in her courses ‘Introduction to Holistic Aromatherapy’ and ‘Specialized Holistic Aromatherapy’  Geranium has historically been used to assist the body in handling anxiety, stress, hormone balancing, as a lymphatic stimulant, for depression, grief, as an insect repellent, a diuretic and in skin care.

  • Valerie Ann Worwood in her book ‘The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy‘ says: “Geranium is one of my favorite oils because it works profoundly on the emotions and is useful in many medical conditions- and smells so wonderful while it works so hard.”

If you would like to use Geranium Essential Oil for the emotions in children (as well as adults:) then please check out my FREE Essential Oil Chart!

You can read all about it here in my Essential Oil Roll-Ons for Kid’s Emotions Post. This post gives you access to my FREE chart that includes recipes to create your own roll-ons for your children, as well as yourself. These blends are color coordinated which allows children to use the blends themselves based upon the emotions that they are experiencing.

You can also subscribe to receive your free chart below!


My personal experience using Geranium Essential Oil:

  • When my fourth child was just a baby, I accidentally cut her finger while attempting to cut her finger nails. I felt like such a horrible mother! And truth be told I probably cried more than she did! But, as an Aromatherapist my mind always races to which Essential Oil I should use in times of crisis! I quickly got out my Geranium Essential Oil and applied it to her finger. Initially the bleeding slightly increased, as the oil caused the body to flush the wound of debris or bacteria, but then the bleeding quickly stopped! I was so relieved!

  • You can also read more about why I keep Geranium in my First Aid Kit here!

  • And, last but not least, I use Geranium in several products that I create: My Insect Repellent, Moisturizing Face Blend, Pampered Feet Massage Oil, and my Adrenal Support.

Contraindications:

A contraindication is a medical reason for not using something. In this case it is a medical reason for why you should not use Geranium Essential Oil. Below are a list of possible contraindications.

  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Geranium Oil is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women in small amounts.

  • Avoid long-term use if you have a history of estrogen-dependent cancers.

  • It is not know if this oil interacts with any medicines.

Quality

You also want to make sure that you are using a good quality Geranium essential oil. As an Aromatherapist I would never recommend buying an essential oil at a local store. I can almost guarantee you that it is not a pure oil. There are no government regulations on essential oils, so an oil can be diluted by up to 50% and still be marketed as a pure oil.

Which brand of essential oils should I use?

Make sure that you know and trust your source. If you have a brand that you feel confident in you can use that. If you aren’t sure about where to get Geranium Essential Oil, or if you would like to check out the brand that I use, you can find it on my business website Healing Blends For Life.

Which Essential Oil Brand Should I Use?

Where to buy at discounted prices!

If you are interested in learning how you can buy my preferred brand of essential oils at a discounted price check out my Essential Oil page!

I hope you enjoy Geranium Essential Oil!

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To participate in the discussion group, please come back after using Geranium and comment below with your opinion of the oil! Part of the reason that I am writing these Oil of the Month posts is so that we can discuss our results and thoughts on the oils. I want to encourage discussion and a community of essential oil enthusiasts!

Have you used Geranium Essential Oil before? What did you like about it? Did it help you? Please share your experience in the comments below! I truly appreciate your participation!


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The information provided on this site is completely my own opinion and does not reflect the opinions or beliefs of any other entity.
Any statements or claims regarding health benefits of foods, supplements or essential oils listed on this site have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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References:

Be Young Total Health Desk Reference

Jennifer Hochell Pressimone- JennScents Institute Aromatheray Certification Courses

Valerie Ann Worwood- The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt- The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy

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