Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium essential oil is commonly used as an element in aromatherapy for
its many health benefits. It’s used as a holistic treatment to improve your
physical, mental and emotional health.
Used by the Egyptians for promoting beautiful and
radiant skin, geranium oil is now used to reduce inflammation, treat acne, alleviate
anxiety and balance hormones. This sweet-smelling oil can also uplift your
mood, lessen fatigue and promote emotional wellness.
What Is Geranium Oil?
Geranium oil is extracted from the stems, leaves and flowers
of the geranium plant. Geranium oil is considered nontoxic, nonirritant and
generally non-sensitizing — and the therapeutic properties of it include being
an antidepressant, an antiseptic and wound-healing. Geranium oil may also be
one of the best oils for such a variety of very common skin including oily or
congested skin, eczema, and dermatitis.
What is geranium oil used for?
- Hormone balance
- Stress relief
- Dental health
- Blood pressure reduction
- Skin health
When an essential oil like geranium oil can
address serious health issues like these, then you need to try it! This is
a natural and safe tool that will improve your skin, mood and internal health.
14 Geranium Oil Uses & Benefits
1. Wrinkle Reducer
Rose geranium oil is known for its dermatological use for
the treatment of aging, wrinkled and/or dry skin. It has the power to minimize
the look of wrinkles because it tightens facial skin and slows
down the effects of aging.
Add two drops of geranium oil to your face lotion and apply
it twice daily. After a week or two, you may just see the look of your wrinkles
begin to fade away.
2. Muscle Helper
Are you sore from an intense workout? Using some geranium
oil topically may help with any muscle cramps, aches and/or pains plaguing your
Create a massage oil by mixing five drops of geranium oil
with one tablespoon of jojoba oil and massage it into your skin, focusing on
3. Infection Fighter
Research has shown that geranium oil has potent
antibacterial and anti-fungal abilities against at least 24 different types of
bacteria and fungi. These antibacterial and anti-fungal properties found in
geranium oil can help to protect your body from infection. When you use
geranium oil to fight external infection, your immune system can
focus on your internal functions and keep you healthier.
To help prevent infection, apply two drops of geranium oil
combined with a carrier oil like coconut oil to the area of concern, such as a
cut or wound, twice a day until it has healed.
Athlete’s foot, for example, is a fungal infection that can
be helped with the use of geranium oil. To do this, add give drops of geranium
oil to a foot bath with warm water and sea salt; do this twice daily for the
4. Urination Increaser
An increase in urination means fewer toxins in the body, and
being that geranium oil is a diuretic, it will promote urination. Through
urination, you release toxic chemicals, heavy metals, sugar, sodium and
pollutants. Urination also removes excess bile and acids from the stomach.
5. Natural Deodorant
Geranium oil is a circulatory oil, which means that it exits
the body through perspiration. Now your sweat will smell like flowers! Because
geranium oil has antibacterial properties, it aids in eliminating bodily odors
and can be used as a natural deodorant.
The rose-like smell of geranium oil is a perfect way to keep
you smelling fresh every day. For your next great natural deodorant, add five
drops of geranium oil to a spray bottle and mix it with five tablespoons of
water; this is a natural and beneficial perfume that you can use every day.
6. Skin Enhancer
With its antibacterial and soothing anti-inflammatory
properties, geranium oil can really boost skin health. Geranium oil can help in
the treatment of acne, dermatitis and skin diseases. Are you wondering, “Can I
use geranium oil directly on skin?” To be on the safe side, it’s best to dilute
geranium oil with a carrier oil.
For geranium oil acne use or other skin use, try mixing a
teaspoon of coconut oil with five drops of geranium oil, then rub the
mixture onto the infected area twice a day until you see results. You can also
add two drops of geranium oil to your daily face or body wash.
7. Respiratory Infection Killer
A scientific review in 2013 looked at the data to date on
the use of Pelargonium sidoides (South African geranium) extract in
liquid or tablet form versus placebo for the treatment of acute respiratory
infections. The reviewers found that the geranium extract may be effective
in relieving acute rhinosinusitis and common cold symptoms. In
addition, it may also effectively relieve symptoms of acute bronchitis in
adults as well as children, and sinus infections in adults.
To take advantage of this benefit, use a diffuser, inhale
geranium oil twice a day, or rub the oil on your throat and under your
8. Nerve Painkiller
Geranium oil has the power to fight nerve pain when it’s
applied to the skin. A double-blind crossover study suggests that applying
rose geranium oil to the skin can significantly reduce pain that follows
shingles, a condition caused by the herpes virus. The research reveals how
“geranium oil relieves pain in minutes and is well tolerated.” The study also
demonstrates how the strength of the product used matters, as geranium oil in a
concentration of 100 percent appears to be about twice as effective as a 50
To fight nerve pain with geranium oil, create a massage oil
with three drops of geranium oil mixed with a tablespoon of coconut oil.
Massage this beneficial mixture into your skin, focusing on the areas where you
feel pain or tension.
9. Anxiety and Depression Reducer
Geranium oil has the power to improve mental functioning and
uplift your spirits. It’s known to help people who suffer from depression,
anxiety and anger. The sweet and floral smell of geranium oil calms and relaxes
the body and mind.
In fact, research published in 2015 even shows that geranium
can help pregnant women decrease their anxiety during labor. This study of
100 women concludes that the “aroma of essential oil of geraniums can
effectively reduce anxiety during labor and can be recommended as a non-invasive
anti-anxiety aid during childbirth.” The women also exhibited decreases in
diastolic blood pressure after smelling the geranium essential oil.
Research also demonstrates geranium’s ability to improve
depression in postmenopausal women when used in aromatherapy massage.
10. Anti-inflammatory Agent
Inflammation has been found to be associated with just about
every health condition, and researchers are furiously investigating chronic
inflammation’s effects on health and possible preventive medical applications.
Research shows that geranium essential oil has significant potential for the
development of novel anti-inflammatory drugs with improved safety profile.
Geranium oil inhibits the inflammatory responses in the
skin; this helps your body to fight many health issues. Arthritis, for example,
is inflammation of the joints, and heart disease is inflammation of the
arteries. Instead of taking a medication to reduce joint pain or lower
cholesterol, reducing inflammation in the body is vital.
A 2013 study found that geranium oil is a safer and more
effective ingredient for anti-inflammatory medication. Data supports that
geranium oil reduces inflammation in the body, and there are fewer side effects
from this essential oil than cholesterol and joint pain medications.
11. Insect Repellant and Bug Bite Healer
Geranium oil is commonly used in natural bug repellants
since its known to keep mosquitoes and other insects away.
Candida albicans is the most common type of yeast
infection found in the mouth, intestinal tract and vagina. Candida can also
affect the skin and other mucous membranes.
One interesting study measured the effects of geranium oil’s
ability to suppress candida cell growth in mice. The mice
intravaginally received geranium essential oil, and this significantly
decreased the amount of candida cells in the vaginal cavity. These findings
suggest that vaginal application of geranium oil or its main component,
geraniol, suppressed candida cell growth in the vagina.
A 2013 study, involving 20 human patients, measured the
effects of a mix of sesame and rose geranium oil on hemorrhage (a very heavy
loss of blood) episodes. The study lasted 183 days; at the end, 75 percent
of the patients felt an improvement with the treatment. With no adverse side
effects, geranium oil proved to be a compound that significantly reduced the
number of hereditary hemorrhage episodes that occurred in these patients.