A member of the Pelargonium genus, geranium is grown for its beauty and is a staple of the perfume industry. While there are over 200 different varieties of Pelargonium flowers, only a few are used as essential oils. Uses of Geranium essential oil date back to ancient Egypt when Egyptians used Geranium oil to beautify skin and for other benefits. In the Victorian era, fresh geranium leaves were placed at formal dining tables as decorative pieces and to be consumed as a fresh sprig if desired; in fact, the edible leaves and flowers of the plant are often used in desserts, cakes, jellies, and teas. As an essential oil, Geranium is extremely beneficial for improving the appearance of hair and skin—making it ideal for skin and hair care products. The aroma has also been known to help create a sense of harmony of body and mind.
- Apply to underarms before applying deodorant.
- Combine one drop with shampoo to balance moisture in hair.
- Use topically on the skin after a shower for a smoothing effect.
- Add two drops Geranium to facial moisturizer and apply twice daily.
- Apply directly to skin or enjoy an aromatherapy steam facial to beautify the skin.
- Diffuse with equal parts Lemon and Grapefruit for a relaxing, spring scent.
Herbaceous, green, floral, sweet, dry