Latin Name : Pelargonium Graveolens. Part of Plant Used : Leaves, Stalks & Flowers. Origin: Egypt. Extraction Method : Steam Distillation.
Geraniums were believed to keep away spirits (like they did mosquitoes!) and so they were planted around houses as hedges. The plants originated from South Africa, Reunion, Madagascar, Egypt, and Morocco and were introduced to European countries in the 17th century. Although there are about 700 varieties of the plant, only 10 supply essential oil in viable quantities. The varieties planted in gardens usually produce too little oil to use for extraction.
Geranium Essential Oil is steam distilled from the leaves and stalks of the plant Pelargonium odoratissimum (Apple Geranium). Its strong smell chases away mosquitoes! The main feature of this oil is its ability to balance and uplift, and it is used to do both on the mind and body, to ease a host of ailments.
It is said to work on the adrenal cortex, which has a balancing effect on the hormone system. Geranium essential oil has been used to treat acne, bruises, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, haemorrhoids, ringworm, ulcers, breast engorgement, oedema, poor circulation, sore throat, tonsillitis, PMS, menopausal problems, stress, and neuralgia.
Note: It is advisable to always consult an authorised practitioner when using essential oil as a health remedy or for aromatherapy.