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 Geranium essential oil and discuss its uses and benefits!
Botanical Name: Pelargonium graveolens
Aroma: Floral, rosy, sweet (in the leaves, not the flower!)
Aromatic Note: Middle
Benefits: Soothes Inflammation, alleviates anxiety and depression, skin balancing, supportive for women
Did you know? The use of Geranium essential oil for 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 today 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. 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? This is a simple Radiant Skin Mask 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.
How can I make sure I am using Essential Oils safely? An understanding of the use of Essential Oils is key. You should check out our Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils for tips and resources on the safe use of essential oils! If you are regularly making blends for yourself and others, it is worth investing in Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young for a greater understanding across 400 oils and over 200 constituents.
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 on this oil for the complete breakdown.
Before you go, make sure you check out our Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils for important guidelines on the safe use of essential oils!
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.