Top 10 Geranium Essential Oil Uses

Geranium Essential Oil Uses

Many people are familiar with geraniums, however the houseplants and flowerbed constants that most people think of as geraniums are not the plants from which essential oils are made; rather close family members from varieties grown all over the world. The flowers’ aroma makes its essential oils quite popular in fragrance making and an important constituent in various types of beauty and cosmetic products. But, while the plant’s fragrance has always been valuable, geranium essential oil uses are thought to encompass much more than just pleasing the sense of smell.

Geranium joins other complex plant oils in a wide variety of medical applications. Like other oils, geranium’s supposed medicinal uses are attributed to a laundry list of healing properties. Most essential oils uses for health take advantage of these properties, and oils have historically been used to relieve pain and inflammation, kill germs and relieve stress and anxiety amongst dozens of other uses.

In terms of properties, geranium essential oil uses are generally related to the antidepressant, analgesic, antiseptic and sedative qualities associated with it. From these properties, a wealth of potential health applications emerges. Many of them have been celebrated throughout history, with some enduring still today. Ten of these uses follow and while they might be some of the most well known, they likely barely scratch the surface of the true scope of geranium essential oil benefits.

1. Sagging Skin: Although it may be one of the less important benefits of geranium oil, toning abilities thanks to an astringent nature are amongst some of the most well known uses of the oil. By causing contractions of the muscles, blood vessels and skin, it’s considered a useful all over toner, however the effects these contractions have on the skin in terms of reducing the look of sagginess make it incredibly valuable amongst natural skin and anti aging remedies.

2. Wound Care: In the case of minor wounds, applying geranium oil neat to the affected area may have a wealth of benefits. For starters, this application may help reduce pain due to the oil’s natural analgesic properties. Additionally, the oil is thought to help the blood clot faster, too. Lastly, geranium essential oil uses are also thought to include killing various infection and illness causing germs, so its application at a minor wound site may help reduce the risk of infection.

3. Detoxification: There is still a lot of debate as to whether or not there are any true benefits to be had from detoxifying the body, however the practice endures and some in the alternative healing community insist that detoxification has benefits for both the mind and body. Geranium’s role as a natural diuretic is thought to help stimulate the flow of urine, potentially helping move the detox process along.

4. Body Odor: Many essential plant oils are used in natural deodorants, and some are used as a standalone form of natural deodorant. Since geranium essential oil uses include killing odor causing germs, it may have further benefits when applied topically to not only leave behind a pleasing scent, but also eliminate the microbial source of body odor, too.

5. Skin Dark Spots: Some people experience areas of dark spots on the surface of their skin, and the prevalence or severity of these areas may increase with age. Neat topical application of geranium oil may help to correct these dermal dilemmas by ramping up circulation underneath the skin’s surface, thereby ensuring more even distribution of pigment dictating melanin.

6. Healing Scars: There is no miracle oil, cream or ointment that can completely remove the appearance of scars, and geranium essential oil uses do not include magically lifting them away. However, the same circulatory benefits that make the oil such a popular natural compound in skin care are also thought to be responsible for promoting healthy scar healing and a reduction in their appearance.

7. Neurological Degeneration: Studies are underway to see just how many natural substances found in nature may positively impact conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Since geranium essential oil uses have long included promoting good neurological health, it may not be long before this fragrant oil is also analyzed for this use. It’s believed that geranium oil may have a positive effect on the cells affected by inflammation in the brain, hence its long association with the cognitive conditions.

8. Intestinal Worms: It’s very important that anyone who suspects they may have any sort of parasitic infection see a doctor immediately so as not to delay necessary medical care. However, it is worth noting that historically, geranium essential oil uses were thought to include eradicating intestinal worms, which were of course much more common than they are now.

9. Acne: It’s likely not difficult to understand how geranium may positively impact acne, considering its well known uses in a variety of skin care applications. Not only may applying the oil neat to the affected area help remove the microbial source of the acne, but astringent benefits may help improve the overall look of the skin, too.

10. Pain Relief: Many plants contain natural chemical compounds that can help relieve pain (in fact morphine itself is derived from a plant). Geranium essential oil uses also include providing mild pain relief, and it’s not uncommonly massaged into the skin neat or with a carrier oil for discomfort caused from everything from muscle aches to arthritis.

Geranium is generally used alone in skin care, and neat application of the oil is generally well tolerated. Its role in oil blends is therefore normally limited to those related to detoxification, alongside oils like rosemary and clove.