Geranium essential oil is extremely beneficial for your body and mind. It is distilled from geranium plants, known botanically as Pelargonium graveolens, but it does not have an overly sweet fragrance. This oil is excellent for skin issues, neuropathy, inflammation, blood circulation, muscle tone and emotional troubles like depression and anxiety.
I was thrilled to find out that it has actually been proven to be helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. All of these incredible uses of geranium essential oil are due to its natural antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties.
1. Treat Skin Irritations and Diseases
Mix 5 drops of geranium oil into 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to treat dermatitis and sores. Apply a small amount to the irritation 2 times a day. This is an excellent treatment for skin conditions like eczema.
2. Clear up Acne
Add 1 drop of geranium oil to 1 to 2 drops of argan oil in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together then apply the oil blend to acne-prone skin. Even if you tend to have oily skin, it needs to be moisturized after cleansing to help it heal. The antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of geranium oil will clear up that acne in no time.
Argan oil is also beneficial for acne-prone skin. It absorbs quickly, is not greasy and brings its own special skin-healing properties to the mix. Argan oil is high in vitamins A and E, which are very good for the skin, is a natural anti-inflammatory and is high in antioxidants.
3. Reduce Wrinkles and Firm your Skin
Put 2 drops of geranium EO in some lotion for facial skin and use it 2 times each day. Wash your face first with a mild face wash. You can also put the geranium oil in a carrier oil like argan oil or jojoba and use that as a moisturizer.
4. Improve Skin
Mix 2 drops of geranium essential oil into a small amount of your favorite body or face wash for general all-over skin improvement. Just mix up as much as you would normally use for 1 or 2 washes at a time. It will improve your skin’s health and appearance. You can also put a few drops of the oil in your diffuser, or even a pan of hot water on the stove, and let the geranium oil steam gently waft over your face.
*As with all essential oils, you should test geranium EO on a small, inconspicuous area before spreading it all over your body or face. Just dab a drop on your ankle and wait a few hours.*
5. Heal Wounds or Incisions
Apply 1 to 2 drops of geranium EO to wounds and incisions to shorten healing time. Geranium oil reduces the inflammation and enhances circulation to speed healing. You can apply it directly with your fingertips or apply it with a cotton swab. Cover the wound with gauze or a bandage. Reapply 2 times a day until the wound or incision is healed. The geranium oil will also reduce scarring.
6. Speed Up Scabbing
Use geranium essential oil to help speed up the formation of scabs. It actually encourages blood vessel contraction which quickly stems blood flow. Clots or scabs form much more quickly than they would otherwise. Ingest geranium essential oil to take advantage of this incredible benefit. It is not toxic but make sure you get good, quality, therapeutic-grade oil. You can add 1 drop to a serving of frozen soy milk, frozen yogurt or ice cream for a medicinal treat or eat it with 1 teaspoon of flaxseeds or wheat germ.
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7. Repel Biting Insects
Mix up spray-on or rub-on geranium essential oil insect repellent. For spray-on repellent, mix 10 to 20 drops of geranium oil into 1 1/2 tablespoon of water, 1 teaspoon of carrier oil like argan, avocado or sweet almond oil and 1 teaspoon of witch hazel or vodka. Shake it up to thoroughly mix the ingredients and put it in a spray bottle. For a rub-on insect repellent, just mix 10 to 20 drops of geranium oil into 2 tablespoons of your favorite carrier oil.
*Do not use on very young children or when pregnant or nursing.*
8. Treat Itchy Bug Bites
Keep geranium essential oil on hand to treat itchy bug bites. You can simply apply a drop of geranium oil or mix it with 1 or 2 drops of light carrier oil, like argan, and dab that on the bite. It will stop the itching and speed healing.
9. Fight Infection
Take advantage of geranium oil’s antibacterial properties to prevent infection. Apply 1 to 2 drops directly on scrapes, cuts and wounds 2 times each day. You should keep fresh scrapes and wounds covered to protect them from debris and further injury.
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10. Tone Muscles
Rub geranium oil into your muscles for improved muscle tone. Its natural astringent properties tighten muscles and skin, which helps prevent sagging. This oil is especially great for abdominal muscles and upper arms, where muscle tone breaks down and the skin tends to get saggy. Mix 5 drops of geranium EO into 1 tablespoon of a good carrier oil like coconut or jojoba.
Coconut oil liquefies quickly when you put it in your palm and rub your hands together and has a good viscosity for massage but you may prefer a lighter oil like jojoba or argan. Try both and see which oil works best for you. I prefer to use 1 tablespoon of coconut and a few drops of argan for the best of both carrier oils.
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