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Geranium essential oil has a piercingly sweet scent. Some people find it too strong and it may cause headache, or just be unpleasant for them. This is where 'blending' oils comes in. (More about that later.) The geranium is a plant from the geraniacae family. It's Latin name is Pelargonium Odorantissium. It is important to know at least the family that this plant comes from so that you can make sure that what you are buying is the pure oil from the right plant and not a cheaper substitute. Just a word here about aroma therapy fragrances which are often confused with essential oils. These are often much cheaper but they are not 100% essential oil. They aren't the same thing and don't have the same therapeutic qualities. This oil is made from the leaves, stalks and flowers of the plant and it is extracted by steam distilation. The resulting oil is light green in colour. USES: +++++ Antidepressant, Helps stop bleeding, good for heavy periods. Anti-inflamatory (good for arthritic conditions) Antiseptic Astringent, dries oily skin. Deodorant, excellent as a room deodorant. Softens and cleanses skin, Treats cellulite, May help in stress related disorders. Can help poor circulation. HOW TO USE: +++++++++++ As this oil has a heavy, scenty aroma it is often blended before use. To do this add 2 or 3 drops of another oil to 2 drops of geranium to moderate the smell. Geranium blends well with clary sage, lavender, rosemary, sandalwood and vetivert, among others. For a room deodorant place a couple of drops of oil on a lampshade ring (special terracotta ones can be bought quite cheaply), put a couple of drops on a cold light bulb so that it evaporates as the bulb warms. Add a couple of drops to a warm bath (mix with half an egg cup of milk before putting this into the bath. This
stops the bottom of the bath becoming oily and slippery.) If you are using a blend you should mix your blend first and then add to the bath. (Don't just add the drops to the water and hope for the best!) Geranium is an excellent oil for massage and can be used in a diffuser, or to make a compress. The benefit of a copmpress is that you can put it exactly where it is needed. To make a compress: Put a couple of drops of oil into warm water and mix it up, lay a flannel or suitable cloth on top of the water so it takes up the oil, then wring it out before use. CAUTION: ++++++++ Keep out of the eyes and mucous membranes, Do not take internally, May irritate very sensitive skins so always test if you fall into this category. VERDICT: +++++++ Useful to have in the house as this oil can also be used to treat burns and things like athletes foot (in a footbath). Personally I find the scent overpowering and much prefer to blend with lavender, or use lavender on its own. If you like this aroma it is worth buying as the price is quite reasonable at about £2.99 for 10mils. If you don't like it you will probably find that lavender oil is a much better choice and far more versatile.
Geranium oil is a pale green colour and it smells very fresh and almost foresty. It is a middle note in aromatherapy meaning it is the thearaputic, slightly heavier than the top note and the properties will emerge slowly over time. It is beneficial for anyone suffering from depression and is a good antiseptic (as most essential oils are). It promotes speedy healing and in skincare is used for balancing sebum (oil) levels so it good for people with excessively dry or oily skin. It is also good for psoraisis, dermatitis, eczema, cellulite, poor circulation and broken capillaries. It is a very balancing oil and asssts with menopausal problems and conditions where hormones are fluctuating. Also great for fluid retention.
Geranium oil has one of *the* most delightful perfumes. This is why it is absolutely perfect for using in oil burners around the home to fill the place with fragrant floral aroma. Not only this, but this oil is known to sooth the emotions, so not only does it smells wonderful, it does you good too. For women, it is useful for alleviating the symptoms of thrush - Drizzle a few drops in the bathwater when bathing. Also it can regulate the horrible mood swings associated with pre menstrual tension. Good thing! Rubbed (diluted) across the abdoman and legs it is supposed to be good for fluid retention and cellulite. (Add a few drops of lemon, lime or grapefruit oil to help in this respect). Extremely useful in skin lotions, toners and creams as it is a good treatment for acne, plus of course, it smells excuisite.
Just like the flower, this one has an addictive scent. This is another one of my favourites and I would burn it everyday if I had the chance. It has a sweet smell and it will put you in a good mood. Perfect for that time of the month ladies! Not only does it put you in a good mood but it always eases away those tensions and gives you the chance to have a really good sleep. This oil with make you relaxed whether you like it or not! With Aromatherapy products, you must ALWAYS mix them with a carrier oil, however, if you put just a tiny minute drop directly onto cuts or bruises it will in fact speed up the healing process. A great one and I swear by it!