Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium is steam distilled from the fragrant flowers and leaves of the plant and originates from the Reunion Islands, Egypt, Madagascar, and China.
- Botanical Family: Geraniaceae
- Part of Plant Used: Leaves
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Variations: Geranium Bourbon, Rose Geranium, and Zdravets are all related to Geranium.
- Chemistry: Geranium is comprised of monoterpene alcohols (citronellol, geraniol) and esters (citronellyl formate, geranyl formate).
- General: can be used to alleviate jet lag or travel related imbalances
- Skin: Beneficial for all skin types and normal and dry hair types. Also, helps to soothe and treat inflamed and irritated skin.
- Circulatory: supports healthy circulation and helps to reduce swelling
- Digestive: helps to soothe stress-related digestive upsets
- Nervous System: used to help with the symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, mood swings and other emotional upsets
- Reproductive: Supports hormonal imbalances, supports ovarian, uterine, and cervical health. It helps to increase progesterone and testosterone production. It can support the symptoms of PMS, menstruation, and menopause.
- Pregnancy: helps soothe breast/chest tenderness and sore nipples, increases milk supply, helps with water retention, stress relief, mood swings, hormonal balance, pre-birth perenial prep, and general discomfort
- Babies & Children: is beneficial for the skin, works as a mosquito repellent, supports the digestive system, helps with stress, mood swings, and emotional upsets
- Spiritual: Supports the Throat chakra associated with expression and communication
- Scent profile: Mid to top note with a fresh strong floral scent
- Longevity: The aroma of Geranium can last up to 28 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Floral, Green
- Blends well with: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Sweet Orange, Valerian, Violet Leaf, Yarrow, Ylang Ylang
- According to Tisserand & Young: Avoid oral use with individuals on diabetes medication and drugs metabolized by CYP2B6 (alfentanil, methadone, propofol, valproate, bupropion, cyclophosphamide, tamoxifen, nicotine, SM-12502).
Products Using Geranium Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- Clark, Demetria. Aromatherapy and Herbs for Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding. Book Publishing Company, 2015.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists. “PREGNANCY GUIDELINES Guidelines for Aromatherapists Working with Pregnant Clients.” International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists , IFPA, 2013, www.ifparoma.org.
- National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. “Other Safety Considerations: Pregnancy.” National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety#other.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tiran, Denise. Aromatherapy in Midwifery Practice. Singing Dragon an Imprint of Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016.
- Tiran, Denise. “Is It Safe to Use Essential Oils While I'm Pregnant?” BabyCentre UK, BabyCentre Blog, July 2013, www.babycentre.co.uk/x536449/is-it-safe-to-use-essential-oils-while-im-pregnant.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.