The geranium plant bears blue, pink, and purple flowers with five petals while its oil carries pale yellow to greenish-yellow hue and minty rosy order. Its major constituents are citronellol and geraniol. The trees are native to Egypt but they are cultivated worldwide, particularly in India – a tropical region. Geranium essential oil is extracted from the leaves of geranium trees (Botanical Name – Pelargonium x asperum) through steam distillation. The leaves and flowers of the geranium plant are used in tea, desserts, cakes, and jellies.
The oil finds applications in perfumes, cosmetics, toiletries, and hair care products because of its floral scent and wellness benefits. Its aroma helps boost positive feelings and reduce stress. The beautifying properties of geranium oil promote healthy skin and glowing hair. Besides, the strong chemical compounds in the oil also repel insects. The geranium essential oil has antioxidant, astringent, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. Its topical application reduces inflammation, acne breakouts, skin irritation, and infections. The geranium oil suppliers provide the oil in dark, amber glass bottles.
The following are some ways to use geranium essential oil in daily life.
- A home massage or spa using geranium essential oil provides a grounding and calming effect. The user can also combine bergamot and lavender essential oils.
- Mix a few drops of geranium essential oil to shampoo and conditioner, with added hair care benefits. The oil gives hair a healthy and radiant glow.
- Geranium oil cleanses and hydrates skin and thus improves the appearance of the skin. The topical application of the oil after a shower gives it a smooth texture and healthy complexion.
- Apply the oil on the underarms, wrists, and neck after a sweaty workout. It will stay with the user for a few hours.
Some of the best ways to use geranium essential oil
- Take 1-2 drops of oil in the palm and rub the hands and cup hands over the nose & mouth and breathe slowly.
- Add a drop to a cotton ball and place it on the corners that are likely to be crowded with insects. The oil keeps the insects away.
- Aromatherapy facial with geranium opens the pores and rejuvenates the skin. The geranium oil makes skin supple and steam facial cleanses and clears the skin.
- Mix a drop or two of the oil to the DIY hand wash, shampoo, hairspray, shampoo, body wash, or heat protectant. It will give healthier and more youthful skin and hair.
- Dilute a few drops of oil in lukewarm bath water and soak the feet in it for 10-15 minutes to treat swelling caused by edema.
- A nasal spray of geranium and sesame oil is effective in conditions of chemotherapy. It eases nasal symptoms such as bleeding, scabbing, dryness, sores, and pain. The high concentration of citronellol inhibits nitric oxide production, decreasing inflammation and cell death in the brain.
The oil does not cause any harm with its application or inhalation in most cases. Geranium essential oil manufacturers suggest dilution with sesame oil for topical application. They recommend the proportion of geranium oil up to 2.5% in dilution. Carrying a patch test is beneficial if the user suffers from allergies.