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  • Geranium Essential Oil is More Versatile Than You Think

    Basic Info About Geranium

    pelargonium graveolens blossom

    This is not your mother’s geranium… Unless your mother lives somewhere it’s HOT. This is Pelargonium graveolens, and it grows in several African countries like Egypt, South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe where the summer is hot and the winter is mild. It also favors sheltered and moist habitats, so you’ll find it growing on the side of mountains and such.

    I don’t know about any geraniums you may have smelled, but my mom’s geraniums never smelled like much of anything, so it surprised me when I got into aromatherapy and realized there was a geranium essential oil. It turns out that Pelargonium graveolens is just one of two geranium species that has tremendous importance in the perfume industry.


    Precautions When Using Geranium

    It may interact with the following medications:

    • Analgesic (over the counter pain relievers)
    • Anti-anxiety
    • Anti-cancer
    • Diabetes
    • HIV
    • Opiods

    Because it lowers blood sugar, don’t use geranium oil if you’re hypoglycemic.

    Just an fyi if you smoke or are in the process of quitting – The literature doesn’t say how, but it can also interact with nicotine so I’m assuming it will affect the efficacy of nicotine patches as well.

    What’s Geranium Good For?

    First off, it’s a great balancing oil for the hormones and is often used to alleviate symptoms of menopause and menstruation. It’s often used in conjunction with clary sage for these purposes.

    Other uses for geranium oil include:

    • Diuretic
    • Lowers blood sugar (avoid if hypoglycemic)
    • Balances the emotions
    • Bruises, broken capillaries
    • Cuts, scrapes
    • Skin ulcers
    • Dermatitis
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Care for combination skin (balances sebum)
    • Anti-fungal, staph, strep, MRSA (but seriously, see a doctor for these and only use the EO as a supplemental therapy)

    Great Geranium Blends

    Geranium blends well with these oils:

    • Chamomile
    • Clary Sage
    • Frankincense
    • Lavender
    • Rose
    • Sandalwood

    Geranium Trivia

    Although geranium is often thought of as a “woman’s oil,” it’s not favored by all women equally. There’s a shock, right?!? But the division isn’t as simple as the difference in individual preferences, although that’s a factor of course. It’s more a matter of hormones.

    Younger women, in general, tend to strongly dislike the smell. Once perimenopause hits, however, my how our tune changes. I couldn’t stand the smell when I was in my mid thirties but sometime in my early to mid forties, it began smelling absolutely divine. I’m not alone in developing a newfound appreciation for geranium in middle age. It’s a story told again and again on aromatherapy blogs and in professional aromatherapy forums. However, I have known a handful of women in their 20’s who love it so it’s not a hard and fast rule that it’s only for middle-aged women. Given it’s hormonal action, though, it makes perfect sense that once our hormones start changing, so will our response to those essential oils that affect them.