Geranium Oil

Geranium oil

What is Geranium oil?

The Geranium oil of geranium is extracted through steam distillation of stems and leaves of the geranium plant, bearing the scientific name Pelargonium odorantissimum. The main components of this oil are alpha-pinene, myrcene, limonene, menthone, linalool, geranyl acetate, Citronellol, Geranioll, and geranyl butyrate.

Properties

It is widely used as an element in aromatherapy for its health benefits, including its ability to aid in skin care, balance hormones, relieve stress and depression, reduce inflammation and irritation, alleviate the effects of menopause, improve circulation, benefit dental health, boost kidney health, and reduce blood pressure. The health benefits of geranium essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an astringent, hemostatic, cicatrizant, cytophylactic, diuretic, deodorant, styptic, tonic, vermifuge, and a vulnerary agent.

Precaution

Geranium oil can have sensitizing effects in rare cases. Since it influences certain hormone secretions, geranium essential oil is therefore not advised for pregnant women or for women who are breastfeeding, since it is unclear whether those same effects transfer through breast milk.

Benefits

Astringent Property

The main function of an astringent is to induce contractions in various parts of the body. Accordingly, geranium oil makes the gums, muscles, intestines, skin, tissues, and blood vessels contract. Furthermore, this includes the contraction of abdominal muscles which gives you a better, toned look.

Prevents Bacterial Growth

The properties of geranium essential oil prevent bacteria or microbes from developing on wounds and also keep you safe from developing infections.

Speeds up Healing

Geranium oil speeds up the healing process of wounds, cuts, and surgical incisions. This property makes it a vulnerary. Perhaps, it is due to its other qualities as a hemostatic, styptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and cytophylactic that make it a vulnerary, but the end result is the same.

Reduces Scar Marks

Everyone wants their skin to be free from scars and after marks of fat-cracks, surgeries, boils, acne or pox. Unfortunately, many people end up spending a fortune and trying all the available cosmetic solutions on the market and still don’t get the desired results.

Prevents Hemorrhaging

Geranium essential oil can stop hemorrhaging in two ways. First, as an astringent (more specifically, a styptic), it causes the contraction of blood vessels and helps in stopping the blood flow, as discussed above. Second, as a hemostatic agent, it speeds up coagulation and blood clotting, which aids in the healing of wounds and the prevention of toxins from entering the bloodstream through open or unclothed wounds.

Improves Cell Health

Geranium oil promotes cell health, encourages the recycling of dead cells, and the regeneration of new ones. This helps in the growth of the body cells as well as the gametes, by making the body metabolize things efficiently.

Promotes Urination

Geranium essential oil has diuretic properties, which means that it increases urination. Urination is one of the three natural ways to remove toxins from the body. The other methods are excretion and perspiration, but urination is the most effective of the three.

Deodorant

Geranium oil has a very pleasant and uplifting aroma, comparable to a combination of floral fragrances and mint. Surely you can imagine what an effective deodorant it would make. Its effects last for a long time and it is not harsh on the skin.

Restricts Blood Flow

This property is nearly synonymous to hemostatic, but with a slight difference. Being a styptic means being a hemostatic owing to astringent properties.

Prevents Neural Degeneration

Microglial cells are integral components in the fight against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. When microglial cells are activated, they release proinflammatory compounds like nitric oxide, which combat the inflammation in the neural pathways that cause neural degeneration.

Acts as Tonic

A tonic is what tones up overall health. Internally, it makes all the systems and functions work properly by influencing the endocrine glands for regulating the secretion of various hormones, enzymes, acids, and bile. This results in a boosted strength and functionality of the respiratory, digestive, circulatory, nervous, and excretory systems. Also, it adds tone to muscles and skin and can improve your overall appearance.

Eliminates Intestinal Worms

This particular property is very beneficial for children (and a limited number of adults) who suffer from intestinal worms. Geranium oil is a vermifuge and can help you get rid of this problem.

Side effects

Some people can develop a rash or burning sensation when it is applied to the skin. Rose geranium oil can also cause eye irritation if applied to the face. If you take rose geranium oil by mouth, stick to food amounts. The safety of the oil when taken in larger amounts is not known.