Effects: Comforting and healing.
Aroma: Middle note.
This shrub originated in Algeria, Madagascar and Guinea. There are hundreds of different species of the Geranium family. It has a colourful flower in varying shades of pink and is a familiar sight in window boxes, particularly in the Mediterranean regions.
Geranium oil may irritate sensitive skins. It is best avoided during pregnancy.
Steam distillation of the flowers, stalks and leaves.
- Inflammation of the breasts.
- Slow circulation.
- Oedema of the legs.
Geranium is also helpful in dealing with PMT and menopause symptoms. Its diuretic properties make geranium useful for helping with fluid retention.
Used in massage or inhalations, geranium has a beneficial effect on nervous tension and depression. Massaging with the diluted oil also helps poor circulation. It has a soothing effect on inflamed tissue and can ease swollen legs and oedema. Its astringent quality makes geranium ideal as a skin tonic and conditions such as burns and eczema may respond well to it.
Scent: Floral, earthy and sweet.