by KG Stiles, LMT, RBT, CBP, CAT
GERANIUM (Pelargonium roseum) – is known for being useful in regulating physical, mental, and emotional imbalances. Geranium is definitely a first-aid oil every woman should have on hand. Its tonifying action helps relieve nervous emotional conditions like anxiety, confusion, depression, lethargy, energy swings, moodiness and tearfulness.
The word that comes to mind when I think of Geranium is “balance” – physically and especially emotionally!
Geranium has a fresh, slightly rosy scent with a fluid consistency and mixes well with many other essential oils.
Geranium has won the notable distinction of being called a “Woman’s Oil”and in my aromatherapy practice female clients consistently experience good results when using it for regulating their physical, mental, and emotional imbalances, especially those associated with menstrual cycles and menopause!
Women have used Geranium successfully for years to relieve premenstrual conditions and to smoothly navigate the menopausal period.
Geranium supports and nourishes the adrenal cortex when ovarian estrogen decreases at menopause and promotes a smooth transition for women during this time bestowing its many well known benefits. Research is being done to understand the mechanism for exactly why Geranium is so effective in treating female imbalances.
Geranium’s regulating properties act to balance the skin’s natural sebum making it especially useful for nourishing combination skin types. It is excellent for any skin type, as it will balance too oily, too dry or combination skin types.
Geranium’s value as a skincare oil extends to treating bruises, cuts, ulcers, broken capillaries and skin dermatitis, as well as rocacea and eczema. Geranium oil will keep your skin fresh, smooth and supple.
Geranium has been effectively used to treat an assortment of symptoms, including overcoming addiction, labor and childbirth, improved circulation, relief of congestion, detoxification, constipation, indigestion, as well as its traditional use for hormonal imbalances and menopausal difficulties.
Geranium also acts as a diuretic and can relieve fluid retention, as well as the uncomfortable swelling and bloating that often accompanies menstruation and the menopausal years.
As a “woman’s oil” Geranium hormonal balancing effect has traditionally been enhanced when blended with Clary Sage to alleviate problems associated with menopause and menstruation.
CAUTION: Due to its hormonal action Geranium should be avoided during pregnancy. Geranium can lower blood sugar, and should be avoided if you are hypoglycemic.