GERANIUM Pelargonium graveolens
There are about 700 species of Geraniums, many of which have become very popular as decorative, scented house and garden plants. Only about 10 of all those varieties are used for essential oil production. In Africa, Geraniums are often planted around the house for protection, particularly against snakes. According to legend, the prophet Muhammad imbued the Geranium Absolute with its lovely scent, when one day he passed by a humble weed on his way down from the mountain. He took a moment to rest and hung his sweaty shirt on the herb. The Geranium held it up to the sun until it was dry, which pleased the prophet so much that he covered it in beautifully scented flowers. Geranium oil has become one of the most widely used oils in Aromatherapy; its overall effect is described as 'balancing'.
Geranium acts as a balancing oil and is both relaxing and stimulating. It is particularly recommended for women's problems, PMT and menopausal symptoms. Geranium can be used as an anti-depressant. It may help in cases of insecurity and gloominess. In aromatherapy skin care products it can be included in blends for mature skin and in cleansing lotions for congested skin conditions such as acne and dry eczema. It is said to be useful for cellulites and water retention. It can be used to treat chilblains. Geranium is insect repellent and is effective against lice.
Geranium can be used for chakra balancing, to restore the equilibrium between male and female energies. It dispels the demons of doom and gloom and can help to overcome apprehension. It is used in dream work and astral travel. Geranium helps the mind to focus and centre at times when it is overwhelmed with pressure and the sense of 'too much on my mind'. Geranium helps switching gears so one can take a moment to appreciate and smell the flowers on the way.
A spicy rose-like flowery aroma. Blends well with Lavender, Patchouli, Clove, Rose, Jasmine, Juniper, Neroli, Bergamot and Orange.