Geranium (Pelargonium roseum )
| Health Benefits of Geranium Essential Oil |
The health benefits of
Geranium Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like astringent,
haemostatic, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, diuretic, deodorant, styptic, tonic,
vermifuge and vulnerary etc.
The Essential Oil of
Geranium is extracted through steam distillation of stem and leaves of Geranium
plant, bearing scientific name Pelargonium Odorantissimum. The main components
of this oil are Alpha Pinene, Myrcene, Limonene, Menthone, Linalool, Geranyl
Acetate, Citronellol, Geraniol and Geranyl Butyrate.
The Essential Oil of Geranium has a lot to offer in
terms of health. We can benefit from the following properties of Geranium
Astringent: The main function of an astringent is to
induce contractions. Accordingly Geranium Oil, being an astringent, makes the
gums, muscles (including contraction of abdominal muscles which gives you a
better look), intestines, skin, tissues and blood vessels to contract. This may
be helpful in many ways. It can prevent muscles and skin from hanging loose,
untimely loosening and fall of teeth, wrinkles and can even stop haemorrhage by
contracting blood vessels.
Anti Bacterial & Anti Microbial: This property
does not let bacteria or microbes develop on wounds and otherwise and keeps you
safe from infections.
Haemostatic: Geranium Oil can stop haemorrhage in two
ways. First, being an astringent (more specifically, a styptic), it causes
contraction of blood vessels and helps stop flow of blood, as discussed above.
Second, being a Haemostatic, it speeds up coagulation or clotting of blood.
Cicatrisant: Everybody wants that his or her skin to
be free from scars and after marks of fat-cracks, surgeries, boils and acne or
pox. But after spending a fortune and trying nearly all the cosmetics available
in the market when you end up with nothing, you really feel bad. You could have
checked this had you tried Geranium Oil first. It is a Cicatrisant, that is, it
helps the scars and other spots on skin to fade and vanish. It facilitates blood
circulation just below the surface of skin and also helps make distribution of
Cytophylactic: Geranium Oil promotes cell health and
also encourages recycling of dead cell and regeneration of new cells. This helps
in the growth of the body cells as well as gametes.
Diuretic: This oil has
diuretic properties, which means that it increases urination. Now here is
something you should know. Urination is one of the three natural ways (the
others are excretion and perspiration) and is the most effective way of removal
of toxins from the body. These toxins are urea, uric acid, bile salts, pathogens
and other synthetic or chemical substances, heavy metals, pollutants and even
sugar. Moreover, each time you urinate, fats amounting to 4% of the volume of
urine and excess water are also removed from the body. Urination also aids
digestion and prohibits formation of gases in the intestine. It is also an
effective way of removal of excess acids and bile secreted in the stomach.
Urination also reduces blood pressure because the more you urinate, more the
sodium is removed and blood pressure is reduced.
Oil has a very pleasing and uplifting aroma, something like a combination of
fragrance of a flower and mint. Now you can imagine what a nice deodorant it
would make. Its effect also lasts long and it is not harsh on skin either.
Further, owing to its property of regulating sebum production and being a mild
anti bacterial, it aids eliminating body odor.
Styptic: This is
almost synonymous to Haemostatic with a slight difference. Being a styptic means
being a haemostatic owing to astringent properties. A styptic, here Geranium
Oil, causes the blood vessels to contract and thus slows down or stops flow of
Tonic: A tonic is what tones up complete health.
Internally, it makes all the systems and functions work properly in the body by
influencing endocrinal glands for regulating secretion of various hormones,
enzymes, acids and bile etc. and toning up the respiratory system, digestive
system, circulatory system, nervous system and excretory system. Apparently, it
tones up muscles and skin and gives you a better look. Geranium Oil has these
Vermifuge: This particular property is very beneficial
for those children (sometimes even adults) who suffer from intestinal worms.
Geranium Oil is a vermifuge and can help you get rid of this nasty problem.
Geranium Oil speeds up healing of wounds, cut and surgical incisions. This
property makes it a vulnerary. Perhaps, it is due to its other properties like
Haemostatic, Styptic, Anti Bacterial, Anti Microbial and Cytophylactic.
Benefits: It can be fruitful if employed in treatment of acne, dermatitis and
other skin diseases etc, infections of nose, throat and other respiratory
organs, eczema, neuralgia, burns, ulcers, tonsillitis, Post Menopause Syndrome
etc. Further, it has great mental uplifting effects and can be very effective in
treating depression, anxiety, anger etc.
Few Words of Caution:
It can have sensitizing effects in rare cases. Since it influences certain
hormone secretions, it is therefore not advised for pregnant ladies.
Blending: The Essential Oils which form fine blends
with Geranium Oil are Angelica, Bergamot, Basil, Lavandin, Cedar Wood, Carrot
Seed, Citronella, Lavender, Neroli, Lime, Orange, Lemon, Jasmine, Grapefruit and
Disclaimer: The information presented herein is intended for educational
purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not
intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may
vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with
your own health care provider.