The Benefits of Geranium Oil
Native to South Africa and known for its distinct floral fragrance, Geranium oil has been extracted and used since the time of the Ancient Egyptians. Although there are over 200 different varieties and strains, only a few species of this beautiful plant are used for their oil. Manufactured under the same name, these different strains may differ in scent, but their chemical compositions, properties, benefits, and uses are almost identical.
In the market, Geranium oil and Rose Geranium oil sometimes cause some confusion. However, apart from the unmistakable rose scent that the latter gets its name from, it has the same properties as other Geranium oils.
Having been used historically for its beautifying effects, Geranium oil promotes radiant skin and lustrous hair, keeping skin flawless and hair shiny.
During the Victorian era, Geranium was used as fresh decorative pieces that were edible if desired. The plant’s edible leaves and flowers are often used in desserts, teas, jellies and cakes. Its strongly fragrant quality has also made it a widely used ingredient in perfumes and cosmetics.
Geranium’s Impact on Healthcare
Used in many aromatherapy routines, Geranium oil has proven beneficial in treating a number of health conditions. Its ability to balance hormonal ailments and alleviate mental and emotional distress has proven useful in dealing with symptoms of exhaustion, stress, anxiety, depression, even anger. Its potent soothing effects have been shown to even reduce anxiety in women during labour.
Geranium oil’s aromatherapeutic benefits extend to hormonal symptoms caused by menstruation and menopause, even helping to tackle depression in postmenopausal women when used in aromatherapy massage. Geranium oil is constantly recommended as a go-to for mind and body wellness.
Apart from being an antidepressant, Geranium oil’s primary constituents also make it an effective antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, and astringent ingredient.