People have used the oils from the Pelargonium graveolen, an uncommon species of the flowering plant known more commonly as the geranium, for centuries to produce radiant and beautiful skin. It is used often in aromatherapy to improve mood and promote relaxation. The geranium essential oil offered by Plant Essentials is 100% steam distilled from the leaves of plants grown organically in Egypt.
Geranium oil is an astringent so it induces muscular contractions. This makes it an effective muscle toner and wrinkle reducer. To help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, add a couple of drops to moisturizer and apply it to the face twice daily. Wrinkles will begin to fade within approximately one to two weeks. To tone muscles, combine a few drops with one tablespoon of jojoba oil and massage it into the muscles.
This type of oil has antibacterial properties that make it effective for eliminating body odors. This means it can be used to make a natural deodorant. Combine five tablespoons of water and five drops of oil in a spray bottle for this application.
Its ability to enhance skin health makes this oil beneficial for clearing up acne and preventing future outbreaks. It helps balance out the natural production of oil to keep pores from clogging up with dirt. Combine five drops with one teaspoon of coconut oil and apply to trouble spots to clear up dermatitis, eczema, and acne.
This oil is a natural insect repellent so it is a safe alternative to using pesticides made with potentially harmful chemicals. Mix with water and spray it directly on the skin or add baking soda for an even more effective repellent. Massage it into the skin to heal bites and eliminating itching.
Inhaling geranium through a diffuser offers many benefits aside from enhancing mood. It boosts metabolism by helping the body to recycle dead cells while stimulating the growth of new cells. As a natural diuretic, it increases urine production to aid in ridding the body of heavy metals, toxic chemicals, and other pollutants. This oil contains many chemicals that are natural antibiotics, so it can also prevent throat and nose infections.
Some individuals may feel a burning sensation or develop a skin rash when this oil is used topically. Before applying geranium oil to the skin, it is best to dilute it with equal parts olive, jojoba, coconut, or some other carrier oil. Test the mixture on a small area of skin and avoid using it around the eyes.