Pelargonium graveolens

Botanical Family: Geraniaceae

Extraction Method: Steam distillation from leaves

Common Primary Uses: Agitation (Calms), Airborne Bacteria, Autism, Bleeding, Breasts (Soothes), Bruises, Calcified Spine, Cancer, Capillaries (Broken), Diabetes, Diarrhea, Dysmenorrhea, Endometriosis, Environmental Stress, Gallbladder Stones, Hair (Dry), Hernia (Incisional), Impetigo, Insomnia (Older Children), Jaundice, Jet Lag, Libido (Low), Menorrhagia, Miscarriage (After), MRSA, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Pancreas Support, Paralysis, Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Physical Stress, PMS, Post Labor, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Skin (Dry), Skin (Sensitive), Ulcer (Gastric), Varicose Ulcer, Vertigo, Wrinkles

Common Application Methods: Geranium oil can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply to reflex points and directly on area of concern.

Diffuse or inhale the aroma directly.

Take in capsules.

Properties: Antibacterial, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, insect repellent, refreshing, relaxing, sedative, and tonic.

Historical Uses: Geranium oil has been used for dysentery, hemorrhoids, inflammations, heavy menstrual flow, and possibly even cancer (if the folktale is correct). It has also been said to be a remedy for bone fractures, tumors, and wounds.

French Medicinal Uses: Diabetes, diarrhea, gallbladder, gastric ulcer, jaundice, liver, sterility, urinary stones.

Other Possible Uses: Geranium oil may be used for acne, bleeding (increases to eliminate toxins, then stops), burns, circulatory problems (improves blood flow), depression, digestion, eczema, hormonal imbalance, insomnia, kidney stones, dilating biliary ducts for liver detoxification, menstrual problems, neuralgia (severe pain along the nerve), regenerating tissue and nerves, pancreas (balances), ringworm, shingles, skin (may balance the sebum, which is the fatty secretion in the sebaceous glands of the skin that keeps the skin supple. It is good for expectant mothers. It works as a cleanser for oily skin and may even liven up pale skin), sores, sore throats, and wounds.

Body System(s) Affected: Emotional Balance, Skin.

Aromatic Influence: Geranium may help to release negative memories and take a person back to peaceful, joyful moments. It may also help ease nervous tension and stress, balance the emotions, lift the spirit, and foster peace, well-being, and hope.

Oral Use As Dietary Supplement: Geranium oil is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA (21CFR182.20). Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.

Safety Data: Repeated use can possibly result in some contact sensitization.

Blend Classification: Enhancer and Equalizer.

Blends With: All oils.