I love working with Geranium essential oil, although I am sensitive. For me, Geranium can aggravate my system if I use too much of it, so it’s rarely the dominant energy in the blends I use for myself. Instead, I balance Geranium’s sweet, floral fragrance with earthy scents like Atlas Cedarwood, Frankincense, and Vetiver. Those sorts of essential oils are good energetic partners for Geranium, too.
Emotional Healing with Geranium
Geranium’s energy is cooling and moving. It helps unlock stuck emotions and energies, particularly those of the heart. The earthy base notes I blend with it help ground excess energies and bring stability to my center. That helps with processing the energies Geranium has kicked loose. Ginger’s another I love to blend with Geranium. Ginger’s warm energy helps balance Geranium’s cooling energies. Plus, Ginger’s affinity for the stomach and digestion in general helps me to digest whatever Geranium has started moving.
Geranium is often called Rose Geranium or Geranium Rose because it’s named after the rose-scented Geranium, Pelargonium capitatum. Pelargonium capitatum is originally from South Africa, where it was steam distilled into what we know today as Geranium essential oil and geranium hydrasols. The scent, sweet with a slightly rosy-spicy undertone, was quickly adopted by the French perfumers of the 1800s, and by the 1870s French colonists had established La Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar, as the world’s capital for growing and distilling Geranium essential oil. Considering that this sweetly-scented plant comes from a volcanic island with a history of foreign colonists, it’s no wonder that it’s all about balancing the passions and helping us get in-touch with our emotions in a way that allows us to integrate them.
Geranium essential oil is often just the ticket for folks who actively suppress their emotions and passions by channeling their energy into work or similar pursuits. Not just for accountants or scientists, Geranium is also for the creative folks who dive so deeply into their artwork they forget to check in with their feelings. It’s also for the caregivers who become so devoted to caring for others, like clients or family, they forget to care for themselves.
Physical Healing with Geranium
On a more physical level, Geranium helps restore balance to the adrenal and female hormonal systems. More often than not, I include Geranium as a partner to other PMS and perimenopausal blends to help manage the challenges hormonal flux brings to my life. Coupled with Atlas Cedarwood, Ginger, Orange, and Lemongrass, Geranium helps to sooth my nerves. Geranium is often included in blends specifically for the adrenal system, which is one of the systems that can be disturbed during perimenopause. Insomnia and generally poor sleep, coupled with excess stress and upper body tension or not, are eased by a little Geranium in my formula.
You can use Geranium essential oil topically or internally. Inhalation, as through a nebulizer or aromatherapy burner, is one method of internal application. You can also include it in a gel cap formula a drop or two at a time. I personally like to use it as either a part of the blend in my nebulizer or as part of a massage oil or spray. In all cases, I aim to stick to just 1 drop of geranium essential oil a 20-25 total drop formula due to my own sensitivity. For folks who aren’t as sensitive as I, you could use a dilution rate of as much as 10 percent, or up to 1 drop of Geranium essential oil in a 10 drop total formula.
Be aware that Geranium has reasonably mild antifungal and antimicrobial actions when applied topically. It’s been shown effective in treating some types of staph as well as helping heal a variety of hot, dry topical conditions such as eczema and rashes. So, you can include Geranium essential oil in your favorite anti-rash/antifungal lotion or spray for its germ-fighting properties as well as for it’s ability to sooth the adrenal system and emotional complex, offering a dose of calming, stabilizing energy just when it’s most needed.
Avoid using Geranium essential oil internally during pregnancy, particularly the first trimester. Sensitive individuals may find geranium overwhelming. Proceed with caution if that’s the case.
For More info, see Geranium Essential Oil on The Practical Herbalist.
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