Geranium Leaf

8 Ways To Use Geranium Essential Oil

 Geranium Leaf

What is Geranium?

Geranium belongs to a large family of plants - over 700 varieties exist! However, out of all 700 varieties only a handful - 4 to be exact - produce essential oil. This oil is a popular fragrance that many people have experienced. It is often used in soaps, lotions, body scrubs and bug sprays.

The entire aerial plant parts can be used to produce essential oil, although most often only the leaves are used. This oil is steam distilled and produces a pale yellow/green to colorless oil. The scent is sweet, rose-like, a little citrusy and has a hint of mint. Geranium blends well with many other oils, but is especially lovely with citruses, such as Lemon and Bergamot, and other floral oils, such as Palmarosa and Rose. This oil also does very well with deeper notes, such as Sandalwood and Clary Sage. This oil is commonly used to replace the expensive Rose Essential Oil in recipes.

If you are looking for a stronger Rose scent in your Geranium, our Rose Geranium essential oil is incredible. 

Although this oil is well known for its affinity to the female body, Geranium may benefit you in other ways. Geranium may increase circulation and may improve symptoms associated with neuropathy. It can be used to keep bugs away in sprays, lotions and candles. Using Geranium in skin care is incredible, not only for the scent but for skin health as well. Many Aromatherapists also tout the benefits of this oil for adrenal fatigue.

How To Use Geranium Essential Oil 

Fresh Feminine Mist

I recently discovered menstrual pads infused with herbs and essential oils - amazing! The thing I love most about them is feeling fresh and clean. This inspired me to create a mist for the same purpose. You can also leave out the Aloe and alcohol and add this blend to your fabric softener when washing your undies.

Add alcohol to a 2 ounce glass spray bottle. Add essential oils and shake well. Add water and shake well. Mist as needed. Shake very well before each use. 

Breast Oil/Balm

Using a balm or oil on my breasts makes my monthly self-exam easy and the scent is exquisite. I also like to use this oil a few times a week on my decollete as well as breasts to encourage healthy tissue. 

Blend the essential oils with the Evening Primrose, Vitamin E and Rosehip oils. Add the carrier oil of your choice to fill the bottle to 2 ounces. Shake well and rub a small amount into your breasts up to 3 times per week. To learn to make a balm, check out our instructional videos in the Learn From Herbalists course.

Emotional Balance

Occasionally my cycle can throw an emotional curve-ball my way. In the week leading up to my cycle I can feel emotionally more unbalanced. Perhaps this is a hormone shift, or maybe I'm just a little moody! In any case, I love to use aromatherapy to balance my emotional state.

Blend the oils in a small dark glass bottle. Use 3-5 drops in your diffuser as desired.

Stress Easing Massage Oil

Self massage can be very satisfying especially when the right combination of scents are added to your custom blend. A little neck rub, a few shoulder squeezes and even a foot rub is a wonderful way to unwind and de-stress. This is one of my favorite blends to use in massage.

Blend the essential oils with your favorite massage oil. Shake well and use as a massage oil.

Blood Pressure Balancer

I was asked to read the Declaration of Independence on July 4th at our town park in front of an audience of 150 people. When my name was called, I felt the wave of pressure, I stood up and immediately felt my legs get weak and my face was beet red and hot. By some miracle I didn't faint on the way to the podium!

I'm sure almost everyone has experienced a situational episode of high blood pressure. This usually happens during intense stress - nerves, an argument, etc. I decided to make a blend that I could bring with me in these situations.

Blend all the essential oils with the Jojoba Oil. Pour into 2 roll-on bottles. Make a label and use as needed by gently massaging pulse points, heart area and inhaling.
*If you plan on using this blend while in the sun, make sure to use a FCF-Free (Bergapten-Free) Bergamot Essential Oil.

Bug Away Spray

If you are looking for a bug spray without the standard Cedarwood, Lavender and Peppermint, then this formula is for you! This spray can be used all over the body, but be sure to avoid the face. Spray this blend on the hair, on the arms, legs, etc. Alternatively, blend only the essential oils and add to shampoos, conditioners, soaps, etc. Don't have time to make your own spray? Check out our Natural Bug Spray!

Add alcohol to a 2 ounce glass spray bottle. Add essential oils and shake well. Add water and shake well. Mist as needed. Shake well before each use. 

Mature Skin Care Essential Oil Blend

Geranium is incredible for the skin. It can help reveal radiant skin by eliminating dead cells and promote the regeneration of new skin. It has been said to tighten the skin thereby diminishing the signs of aging. For an extra bonus, Geranium may increase collagen production! Feel free to slather your entire body with this beautiful blend!

Place 4 ounces of unscented skin care product, such as Anti-Oxidant Cream or Softening Olive Lotion, in a clean bowl. Add essential oils. With a clean whisk incorporate the essential oils into your product until completely mixed. Pour or scoop your finished product back into the original containers. Enjoy this blend in the morning and/or evening.

*Clean and "sterilize" your bowl and whisk by adding 1 tsp of Everclear alcohol to the bowl and wiping down the entire bowl with a clean paper towel.

Safety Guidelines

There are a few safety guidelines that should be observed when using Geranium essential oil. 

  • Geranium may affect blood sugar levels. It may lower levels and should be avoided by individuals with hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.
  • Avoid this oil during pregnancy.

Enjoy this scent for your senses!

Herbalist Natalie

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