Pelargonium Graveolens Common Names:
Pelargoniums are commonly referred to as geranium and that confused me a lot as geranium is the botanical name of an other closely related genus of plants commonly called as cranesbill too. What left me even more confused was whether rose geranium oil and geranium essential oil are the same and after a bit of researching I found that they are the same.
Pelargonium Graveolens Plant:
Pelargonium Graveolens Essential Oil:
Pelargonium Graveolens Chemical Constituents:
The main chemical constituents of pelargonium graveolens essential oil are citronellol, geraniol, linalool and citronellyl formate, isomenthone and menthone.
Pelargonium Graveolens Medicinal Uses:
1. Pelargonium Graveolens Anti inflammatory Properties:
2. Pelargonium Graveolens Antioxidant & Hypoglycemic Properties:
3. Anti Fungal & Anti Bacterial Properties:
Pelargonium graveolens have strong anti fungal and anti bacterial properties, you can read the study that proves it here. Because of it’s anti microbial properties, pelargonium extract is very healing.
It can be used for treating variety of conditions like excessive oiliness of the skin, wounds, athletes foot, foot odor, acne, dental problems, etc. We can either use the fresh leaf extract or the rose geranium essential oil mixed in cream or a carrier oil to treat the problems.
4. Pelargonium Graveolens For Stress:
5. Pelargoium Graveolens as a Tick Repellent For Dogs:
Pelargonium Graveolens Side Effects:
Geranium oil is a non toxic and non irritant oil and it is usually safe but it should be always mixed with a carrier oil and used. Pregnant women can use geranium oil but please practice caution as there is no evidence proving it’s safety 100 %.
There are many varieties of pelargoniums so please identify the plant correctly especially before consuming it as a tea as some species under the same genus can be toxic. I have given few of the ways fresh pelargonium leaves and the geranium essential oil can be used at home below….
5 Top Benefits & Uses of Pelargonium Graveolens For Skin, Hair & Health:
1. Geranium Oil For Skin :
Since geranium oil has anti microbial properties, it is wonderful to use on the skin as it can prevent break outs on the skin very effectively. Since it is also a non irritant oil, it can be used for all types of skin. The oil also heals scars and wounds so I would highly recommend geranium oil if you are suffering from breakouts. One of the best ways to use it is by mixing it in a cream base, I prefer to mix it in my homemade lotion.
2. Pelargonium Leaf Tea:
Since it has analgesic and anti inflammatory properties drinking the aromatic geranium tea will greatly help. If you are suffering from headaches, sore muscles, body pain or if you are suffering from anxiety, pelargonium tea will greatly help. To make the tea, simply steep the leaves in boiling water and consume the infusion…
3. Pelargonium Infused Vinegar:
This is one herb that really really infuses very well, since the leaves are highly scented it imparts it’s wonderful scent into the vinegar really well. And we all know how useful vinegar can be at home and infusing it with pelargonium leaves not only makes it very fragrant it also makes it very effective against bacteria.
The scented vinegar can be added to foot soaks, to soften the fabric and as a cleaner around the house. To infuse, slightly crush the fresh leaves with your hands and place it in a dark bottle, top it up with vinegar and let it infuse for a few days before straining…
4. Geranium Oil For Massage (Skin & Hair):
If you are a person who enjoys getting regular massages, I would suggest including geranium oil. This oil can be used for both hair and skin. It is very good for treating skin infections like rosacea, eczema and scars, the smell is very very relaxing too. To use, simple mix it in a carrier oil like extra virgin olive oil or unrefined coconut oil and use as a massage oil.
For using it as a moisturizer, mix it in sweet almond oil and use, it will prevent wrinkles, skin breakouts and will leave your skin smooth and soft. The oil can also can be used for insect bites and itchiness of the skin too..
5. Pelargonium Leaves For Potpourri:
Since the leaves are very aromatic it is great to use in potpourri. Simply crushing the fresh leaves and placing it inside the bedroom will also help it release the scent. For potpourri, simply shade dry the leaves till it is free of moisture and use it for making potpourri. In the picture shown, I have dried the leaves along with vitex leaves…..