Originally native to South Africa, now grown worldwide but especially in the Mediterranean, Russia, Europe and Egypt.
The oil is steam distilled from the leaves, flowers and flower stalks of the plant.
Geranium is a perennial plant which is as popular in private gardens for its beautiful flowers as it is in aromatherapy. The plants are allowed to grow and then harvested when they are the correct size. Therefore there is no particular time of year when it’s best to harvest the plant. The plants are picked (usually in the morning) and then allowed to dry in the sun for a few hours before being processed.
Astringent, antidepressant, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, balancing, haemostatic, vulnerary, vermifuge, stimulant, tonic & uplifting.
Commonly found in the treatment of skin conditions as it balances sebum production and helps to keep skin supple, tones dull skin. It's suitable for all skin types. It also improves circulation so can help to prevent chilblains, bruising and broken capillaries. It's used to stimulate the lymphatic system and is a good oil to use in massage aimed at reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Mentally Geranium is regarded as a stimulant which can assist in lifting the spirits as well as relieving anxiety, stress and depression. The balancing properties of the oil mean that it is commonly used to alleviate the depressive symptoms of PMT, the menopause and heavy periods.
Geranium is a particularly lovely oil to burn or vaporise, as much for it's beautiful aroma as for the potential mental and physical benefits. It does have decongestant properties and is an uplifting oil which can help to raise the spirits wonderfully.
In massage Geranium is commonly used for clearing oily skin and moisturising dry skin and can help to lessen and prevent the appearance of scars and stretch marks. The balancing properties of the oil make it ideal to use in massage in times of stress as it works both inside and outside the body - many women find using Geranium Oil in massage to alleviate the pain caused by PMT or the menopause to be hugely beneficial both physically and mentally.
The odour of insect repelling oils such as citronella can be improved by blending it with Geranium for a more floral and attractive aroma.
Organic version also available.
You may find that Geranium blends particularly well with angelica, basil, bergamot, carrot seed, cedarwood, citronella, clary sage, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lime, neroli, orange and rosemary.