Like many other oils, Geranium essential oil was first used by the early Egyptians, who found the oil effective to promote healthy skin and balance anxious emotions. It was finally introduced to Europe in the 1600s, and countries like Italy, Spain, and France quickly adopted it as a favourite fragrance. Geranium proved especially popular during the Victorian era in England, when it was kept potted in parlours to scent the air and revive the senses.
Geranium is a hairy but aromatic perennial shrub with pink-white flowers. Though there are nearly 700 varieties of the Geranium plant found throughout South Africa, Russia, and Egypt, only 10 can produce essential oil in any significant quantity. The highest quality Geranium is produced in Reunion, and island far off the coast of Madagascar.
The highest quality form of Geranium produced in Reunion, called Bourbon Geranium, is a green-olive colour that boasts a rosy-sweet scent with hints of mint. Therapeutically, Geranium is well-known as an antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, deodorant, diuretic, tonic, and vermifuge. These properties lead to a host of physical and emotional benefits for users of Geranium essential oil!
Emotionally, Geranium is renowned for its ability to calm nerves and reduce stress. The floral scent of Geranium essential oil is uplifting and evokes a sense of peace and tranquility. It’s widely used to fight depression and anxiety.
Physically, Geranium essential oil is a valuable tool for skin care, wounds, and inflammation. It can treat acne, dermatitis, and conditions like eczema, especially when mixed with a drop of Coconut oil for topical application. Since Geranium also improves blood circulation it can minimise muscle inflammation and help wounds heal faster.
Geranium essential oil blends well with Lavender, Rose, Sandalwood, Bergamot, and citrus oils. One drop each of Geranium, Lavender, and Bergamot creates a female balancing blend for hormonal harmony, while one drop each of Geranium, Lemon, and Grapefruit promotes cheerfulness and energy when diffused.