Origins of Geranium

Geranium essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the geranium plant, part of the Pelargonium genus which encompasses numerous species. A key source of this oil is Pelargonium graveolens, originating from Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean. Despite being derived from leaves, the oil’s fragrance bears a striking resemblance to that of roses.

Historical Background and Lore

The term ‘geranium’ refers to two genera: Pelargonium and Geranium. Initially, Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) classified all these plants under one category in his plant taxonomy. They have since been distinguished into separate genera, yet both are commonly known as geraniums. These plants are sometimes referred to as storksbill or cranesbill, inspired by the seed capsule’s beak-like form.

Therapeutic Uses of Geranium Essential Oil

Health Benefits

Geranium essential oil is beneficial for the circulatory and nervous systems and is particularly effective for skin care. It aids in healing wounds and treating various skin conditions like acne, eczema, and athlete’s foot. Additionally, it serves as an insect repellent and soothes insect bites. When used as a massage oil, it alleviates muscle soreness.

Personal and Spiritual Growth

Geranium oil is infused with strong feminine energy, offering comfort and nurturing to the inner child, and promoting calm and peace. It uplifts the spirit, helping to let go of negative memories and stress. In times of distress or disappointment, this oil provides comfort and reassurance. When added to bathwater, it reduces irritability, and inhaling it before bed can relax the mind and prevent insomnia.