Get To Know Geranium: The Small Plant With Big Benefits
March 15, 2018
3 min read
It may come as surprise to you about the infinite therapeutic & skincare benefits of the flower which is likely to be growing in your garden. Aromatherapy brand Tisserand talks us through the powerful properties of Geranium and its essential oil that is taking the skincare world by storm for its detoxifying and healing capabilities.
At Tisserand Aromatherapy we understand essential oils like no other and never compromise on quality, using only 100% natural pure essential oils. From sourcing to blending, our expertise and integrity ensure you can trust in our knowledge and explore the benefits of aromatherapy with the finest oils. We love sharing this knowledge with you, enabling you to harness the powers of natural ingredients and make those little steps to a better you.
Essential oils are sourced from plants and flowers all over the world, and they can be used in a number of ways. But there are so many to choose from, how do you know where to start and how to use them? Let’s take Geranium essential oil – or to give it its Latin name Pelargonium graveolens –is originally from South Africa.
It was introduced to a number of countries and hybridised into many varieties in the 17th and 18th centuries. There are now at least 250 varieties of geranium, many of which have scented leaves. This particular species that we use to extract essential oil has very highly rose-scented leaves, and foliage which is velvety in texture and rich green in colour. It also produces tiny pinkish flowers. Pelargonium graveolens and other sweet-scented species like Pelargonium roseum were used extensively in the perfumery industry in the 19th century because they had a strong rosy aroma and are still used widely in the fragrance industry today.
Unlike many other floral fragrances, the distillation process for Geranium essential oil uses the leaves of the plant, not the flowers themselves. The leaves contain thousands of microscopic hairs, each one housing a tiny drop of essential oil. Steam distillation yields an essential oil which is pale yellow in colour. It is wonderfully fresh and green and becomes very sweet as it evaporates.
Now we know where Geranium can be found and how we obtain Geranium essential oil – how is it best used? Geranium essential oil is used in modern aromatherapy to nurture and lighten the soul. It is great for balancing mood and calming anxiety. It is also perfect for making facial tonics as its balancing and nurturing properties make it ideal for dry, oily or mature complexions as it can help to regulate oil production, tighten and improve skin elasticity and clear balance the skin.
Why not try making a calming Geranium facial oil blend or wonderfully soothing bath oil blend at home?
Our balancing facial blend:
For delightfully soft skin, add 2 drops of Geranium essential oil, 1 drop of Orange Blossom (Neroli) essential oil and 3 drops of Lavender essential oil to 20ml (two tablespoons) of peach kernel oil, then gently massage over face.
Our comforting bath blend:
For a soothing and nurturing bath, add 4 drops of Geranium essential oil, 2 drops of Mandarin essential oil and 1 drop of Rose Absolute essential oil to 20ml (two tablespoons) of sweet almond oil and swirl into water.
Safety: Avoid using Geranium essential oil on people with sensitive or allergy prone skin. For external use only. Do not use undiluted on the skin. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with sensitive areas, such as eyes. If you are pregnant, you should always consult a qualified aromatherapist before using essential oils.