Geranium Essential Oil is derived from the leaf and stalk of the Pelargonium graveolens, from the Geraneaceae family. The graveolens species has a much rosier smell compared to the odoratissimum species, which has more of an apple scent. The Pelargonium graveolens is the most prized of the Geranium Essential Oils.

There are several hundred species of Pelargonium but only around 5 to 10 produce sufficient quantities and quality of Essential Oil

Geranium Essential Oil is used extensively by Aromatherapists around the world.

As with many Essential Oils, Geranium Oil dates back to Ancient Egyptian times. The Egyptians used Geranium oil to treat tumours. Some say the success with this may have been linked to the Hormone regulating potential of it.

There are many historical uses for Geranium Essential Oil for both Health and Cosmetic purposes.

The Extraction process
Geranium Essential Oil is steam distilled from the leaf and stalk of the Pelargonium graveolens shrub.

Uses as an Essential Oil
Geranium Essential Oil derived from the Pelargonium graveolens species has many uses. Due to its Rose like scent it is often used to substitute or lift Rose Essential Oil. We always recommend you seek advice from a local qualified practitioner before using in any internal application.

- Used in Burners , Geranium Essential Oil provides a relaxing atmosphere in a home or office environment. It can provide relief for stress, anxiety, depression and for giving an overall lift.

- Repellent - Mixed with a good quality organic massage carrier oil, geranium is ideal as an insect repellent.

- There are many uses for Geranium Oil as a skincare remedy. Scalds, eczema, shingles and bruises make the short list of potential patients for Geranium essential oil.

- Hair care – I have heard conversation referencing Geranium Essential Oil to the treatment of Head Lice.

- Geranium Essential Oil also makes an excellent Hard surface household cleaner..

Geranium Essential Oil is a powerful must have addition to any Home Aromatherapy kit. You will also find your local Aromatherapy therapist has Geranium Essential Oil in their Essentials box.

Essential oils have many benefits and can aid in the prevention or healing of many complaints. Every individual is different. Some essential oils can be toxic. Some oils must never be ingested while others require limited exposure to the sun due to phototoxicity. Read the label and ask your supplier if you are in doubt of the safest use for any particular oil. Not just the one in this article.

Author's Bio: 

Eric J. Smith is an Experienced Horticulturalist with a keen interest in Organic Gardening. Eric's interest in Organics also shows in his interest in Organic Nutrition and Organic Skincare. More information can be found on these by visiting his websites or Subscribe to Eric's FREE Health and Organic Newsletters via these websites.