MALAVARA UNCOVERED - why we use Geranium Essential Oil and what it can do for you

MALAVARA UNCOVERED - why we use Geranium Essential Oil and what it can do for you

Our signature Lime Vetiver fragrance blends 10 incredible essential oils to create notes that are rich with the heritage of India. Here we look in-depth at one of these - Geranium - and discuss what it can do for you.

  • Botanical Name  Pelargonium graveolens
  • Aroma                 Floral, rosy, sweet (in the leaves, not the flower!)
  • Aromatic Note    Middle       
  • Uses                    Soothes Inflammation, alleviates anxiety and depression, skin balancing, supportive for women

Did you know? The use of Geranium essential oil within beauty regimes dates back thousands of years to the Egyptians who used it to promote radiant skin and healthy hair. Its potent anti-bacterial properties are still used to day to help reduce inflammation and accelerate the skin healing process. It is often compared to Rose essential oil because they share the same therapeutic traits and is strong, both in aroma and effect. Unusually for a floral, the distillation process uses the leaves and not the flower.

What is it used for? Therapeutically, it is used to balance the skin, reduce inflammation alleviate anxiety and balance hormones and it is well-suited and supportive for women.

Will I like it? Aromatically powerful, the rose tones dominate but there is a hint of masculine spice in here, with citrus, fruity elements,. Often mistaken for rose, it is less powdery with more lemon and softer, warmer woody tones. Emotionally, it is nurturing, and calming. It is great for lightening the soul, according to Tisserand and balancing the mood and promoting emotional wellness. For some, it can over-stimulate, so start off lightly!

How can I use it? A Radiant Skin Mask recipe. This is a simple recipe that you can whizz up quickly after exfoliating. Geranium is amazing for the skin but is also a stress reliever, so put on the mask and relax after a long day.

  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp jojoba oil
  • 4 drops of geranium essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil

Mash up the avocado into small bowl, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix. Apply to your face, but keep away from eyes and leave on for 10-20 mins before rinsing off with warm water.

Treat yourself! If you like this oil then head over to Malavara and check out our Lime Vetiver range!

How can I make sure I am using Essential Oils safely?: an understanding of the use of Essential Oils is key. Most people will never experience a negative reaction to essential oils but it can happen and there is nothing we can do to guarantee 100% safety. We have highlighted some guidelines to follow to help minimize the risk in a separate blog here, but if you are regularly making your own blends for yourself, your family and others it is worth investing a copy of the “Essential Oil Safety” by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young for a greater understanding across 400 oils and over 200 constituents

And another thing..Geranium Essential Oil Safety Information: Tisserand and Young highlight that Geranium oil possess a low risk of skin sensitization and they recommend a dermal maximum of 17.5%. It can also influences hormone secretions so is not advised to use if pregnant. Read Tisserand and Young's full profile (see key references section below) on this oil for the full lowdown

Want to learn more?

  • “The Heart of Aromatherapy” by my teacher and founder of the Aromahead Institute, Andrea Butje
  • “Essential Oil Safety” Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, 2nd edition 2014
  • “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy” Valerie Ann Worwood

Disclaimer: before you make any recipe, check the shelf lives of your ingredients and any safety concerns for the essential oils. These blend suggestions are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition and should be used on the understanding that Malavara accepts no responsibility for any adverse reactions caused as a result of following these recipes



Alexandra Turner, better known as Alix, is the co-founder of Malavara. Having spent 15 years working with European Luxury Goods brands, Alix's passion for wellness, aromatherapy and travel led her to India and Ayurveda. Alix lives in London and keeps busy with a day job, a toddler and our exciting Malavara journey.

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