Used as a beautifying agent in Ancient Egyptian times, Geranium oil is extracted from the entire geranium plant. The uses and benefits of this beautiful plant are highly versatile and are used to boost the appearance of skin and hair. Geraniums are valued in the perfume industry for their floral scent. Inhaling Geranium oil’s sweet aroma can support emotions by creating a calming and grounding effect. The aroma of Geranium oil can also help lessen feelings of stress and calm nerves. The beautifying properties of Geranium oil can be used to promote healthy-looking hair and skin. When applied topically to the body, Geranium oil promotes the appearance of clear skin. The benefits of Geranium oil can also be used on both dry and oily hair to give hair a vibrant glow. Additionally, the strong chemical components in Geranium oil offer a natural way to repel insects.
Geranium Oil Uses and Benefits
Fun Fact about Geranium Oil
The leaves and flowers of a geranium plant are edible and are often used in desserts, cakes, jellies, and teas. In the Victorian era, fresh geranium leaves were used as decorative pieces on formal dining tables and the leaves of the geranium could be consumed as a fresh sprig if desired.
Chemistry of Geranium OilMain Chemical Components: citronellol, citronellyl formate, geraniol
One of the primary chemical constituents of Geranium oil is citronellol. Citronellol is a monoterpene alcohol that highly contributes to geranium oil’s ability to repel insects. Another main chemical component found in Geranium oil is geraniol. Geraniol is also a monoterpene alcohol. Recent studies by Egyptian researchers, highlighted by the doTERRA Science blog, suggest that orally ingested geraniol positively affects multiple biochemical pathways in the colon, which helps to maintain the health of colon cells.*
Essential Oil Spotlight
The geranium plant is a fragrant member of the Pelargonium species. Also known as Pelargonium graveolens, this plant is native to South Africa. The plant produces fragrant, green leaves and rose-colored flowers and can reach up to one meter in height. A geranium grows best in full sun and well-drained, fertile soils. doTERRA Geranium oil is extracted from the whole plant.
(Taken from the book “Emotions and Essential oils”)
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