Essential Oil – Geranium
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Geranium Essential Oil
Latin Name Pelargonium Graveolens
Sweet and heavy, a little like rose with minty overtones.
This attractive plant is about two feet high with pointed leaves and pink flowers. The oil is obtained from the Reunion, formally Bourbon.
Once regarded as a great healing plant and used to remedy wounds, tumours, cholera, and fractures. Indeed belief in its powers throughout the centuries disposed people to plant it around their cottages to keep evil spirits at bay. The French began commercial production of the oil early in the 19th century.
A tonic to the nervous system quells anxiety and depression and lifts the spirits.
Use for regulating the hormonal system, PMT, menopause, depression, heavy periods, inflammation and congestion of the breasts, its diuretic properties are effective in treating jaundice, kidney and gall bladder stones, urinary infections, fluid retention, swollen ankles, keeps infections at bay, throat and mouth infections, an antidote, insect repellent, chilblains.
Effect on skin
Good skin balancer. Improves the flow of blood.
Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Fennel, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniperberry, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lime, Myrrh, Neroli, Orange, Palmarosa, Petitgrain, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sandalwood.
Oils to Avoid
Diabetes – Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lemon
Epilepsy – Eucalyptus, Fennel, Rosemary, Sage
High Blood Pressure – Rosemary
Pregnancy – Basil, Birch, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rosemary, Turmeric
Avoid all essential oils during the first three months of pregnancy.
Skin Sensitivity – Black pepper, Citronella, Clove, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Turmeric
Photosensitising Oils – Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Mandarin and Tangerine
They react to ultraviolet light making the skin more sensitive.
Avoid stimulants after using essential oils, especially alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods. An aftercare advice sheet should be available after your first treatment.