Geranium Essential Oil: Effective for Emotional and Mental Health
Sep 25, 2019
Geranium essential oil has a firm place in aromatherapy. It is well-known for its pleasant fragrance and has many therapeutic properties, along with balancing both the mind and emotions.
The oil is distilled from the leaves of the perennial shrub Pelargonium. There are more than 200 different varieties of the plant, yet only a few are cultivated to produce essential oils.
Pelargoniums are native to South Africa. Its name is derived from the Greek word palargos, meaning “stork,” for its beak-like fruits. There is scant mention of geranium in old manuscripts. It was introduced to Europe in the late 17th century. Its fresh leaves were used in finger bowls, which are small bowls holding water for rinsing during or after a meal.
Today, the Geranium plant is being cultivated in different parts of the world, like Central America, Europe, the Congo, Egypt, Russia, and Japan, for its sweet-smelling essential oil. Only the leaves and stalks are used for extraction.
Geranium oil is known to be a major component in the soap industry and also used in cosmetics and fragrances.
4 Emotional Benefits of Geranium Essential Oil
Kaliana’s Emotional Read on Geranium:
If you have not yet encountered geranium essential oil, then you are about to be pleasantly surprised. This beautiful oil is essential in shifting the psyche from negative to positive.
There is no other essential oil that reaches down from the mind to uplift the heart in quite the same way. This is why it is so good in cases of recovery from trauma, grief, melancholy, and clarifying mental focus due to intense stress.
The warm, rosy smell of geranium oil is uplifting, energizing, and inspiring. It offers a sense of positivity and good health. There is not much this exceptional oil can’t do for you. Emotionally it eases mood swings, anxiety, PMS and depression. It benefits mental health, reduces anger, wrinkles and signs of aging.
Geranium essential oil is diverse in its emotional benefits because it helps restore confidence, release anger, and manage overwhelming emotions. It is recommended for people who were deeply hurt in the past, trapped in a large heart wound like grief or bad breakups, and those struggling to express their emotions.
Geranium essential oil blends well with a multitude of other essential oils, including:
- rose absolute
- clary sage
It is important to look at what is the goal of the blend you are creating. What are the subtle layers of emotion that must be addressed in order to help the body restore balance and a sense of inner calm?
That is how you create a targeted blend that can create shifts in the moment, but especially over time in regard to an individual's state of mind.
Trauma, moodiness, grief, and mental clarity for high levels of stress are 4 emotional issues that do not shift in a day or even a month. They are long-term challenges that require consistent daily support in order for the body to restore and maintain stability.
This is why a complex blend that is blended to be gentle is essential. And why the blend must be targeted for the layers that accompany the uniqueness of each of those 4 types of stressors.
1. Mood Enhancer
Geranium oil is known to help people who suffer from anger, anxiety, and depression, and it especially supports women.
Studies have revealed that using geranium oil in aromatherapy massage can improve depression in postmenopausal women. The scent can decrease the anxiety of pregnant women during labor.
2. Preserve Mental Health
A 2010 study demonstrated that geranium essential oil inhibited the production of nitric oxide and proinflammatory enzymes that play a major part in the development of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s.
The study concluded that “geranium oil might be beneficial in the prevention/treatment of neurodegenerative diseases where neuroinflammation is part of the pathophysiology.”
3. Feel Happier with Less Wrinkles
Wrinkles are caused not only by damaged, aging skin, but also show up from stress held in facial muscles underneath the skin. This is why botox works so effectively because it relaxes muscles to eliminate wrinkles.
Geranium essential oil can help you keep youthful and radiant skin due to its potent antioxidant properties. A 2017 study has found that geranium has the power to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and slow down the effects of aging. It also helps improve aged and dry complexions.
4. Release Anger and Stored Emotions
Geranium oil is a natural diuretic. It stimulates your kidneys and promotes urination to help your body get rid of excess salt and water.
You’ve heard the expression to be “pissed,” meaning angry. An increase in urination means toxins, chemicals, other pollutants and emotions stored in fat cells can be flushed out of your system.
It can also remove excess bile and acids from the stomach, which tend to increase with feelings of anger.
6 Health Benefits of Geranium Essential Oil
In ancient Egypt, geranium oil was used by the upper class to improve and beautify their skin. It was also used as an insect repellant and food flavoring. But modern science has since discovered that it offers more benefits to health and emotional well-being. The therapeutic properties of geranium oil include astringent, diuretic, haemostatic, and tonic, to name a few.
Physical health benefits of geranium oil:
1. Fights Infection
Studies show that geranium oil is highly anti-microbial, and has antibacterial and antifungal properties against at least 24 different types of bacteria and fungi. It can be used on a cut or wound to prevent infection.
You just need to mix geranium oil in a carrier oil and apply it on the area of concern. Athlete’s foot, which is a fungal infection, can be treated with geranium oil as well.
2. Treat Skin Conditions
Because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, geranium oil is an ideal treatment for some skin conditions.
Acne breakouts are usually caused by bacteria build-up on the skin, clogging the pores. It can help improve:
3. Support Lung Health
A 2013 scientific review discovered that geranium is effective in alleviating the symptoms of acute rhinosinusitis and the common cold in adults, and symptoms of acute bronchitis in both children and adults.
4. Helps Tone Muscles
Due to geranium oil’s astringent properties, it helps in firming muscle tone (with the right type of exercise). It can also provide relief to muscle cramps, muscle aches, and sore muscles after an intense workout.
Mix 5 drops of geranium oil with a tablespoon of jojoba oil and massage it onto the affected area.
5. Natural Deodorant
If you want a chemical-free deodorant, mix 5 drops of geranium oil with 5 tbsp. of water and put it in a spray bottle.
Since geranium oil is a type of circulatory oil, it exits the body through sweat and emits a rose-like scent. The oil’s antibacterial properties also aid in eliminating body odors so you keep smelling fresh all day!
6. Natural Insect Repellent
Geranium has been traditionally used as an insect repellent. In fact, it is found in most commercially prepared insect bite blockers. It is likely that the smell helps in reducing short range attractive cues. It is easy to make your homemade bug spray. Just mix geranium oil with water and spray it all over your body.
Geranium essential oil is an all-around natural remedy that is great for the mind, body, and emotional well-being. It heals the heart, instills love, empowers health, and fosters trust. It’s an essential oil that should be in everyone’s home. What are your favorite ways to use Geranium essential oil? Let us know by posting in the comments below.
About the Author: Kaliana has been studying natural healing since 1976. She developed her own line of aromatherapy products for emotions in 1995. She is a gifted intuitive, Master Energy Healer, author of 4 books, professional speaker, and offers private consulting for spiritual women and moms.
Kaliana is a certified Phyto-Aromatologist, graduated from Queens University as a Presidential Scholar, sat on the Board for Eating Disorders at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, holds a 4-year Advanced Certification from the Mastery of the Heart School, and teaches certified courses for Continuing Education Hours by NCBTMB.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treat. This information is based on research and knowledge by the author, and the ideas are not intended as substitute for medical advice. As with any products it is suggested that you check with your medical practitioner prior to use. The author disclaims any liability arising directly or indirectly from the use of any products mentioned herein.