Geranium oil is commonly used in aromatherapy for its many health benefits. For years, it has been a celebrated holistic ingredient for improving physical, mental and emotional health.
Used by the Egyptians for promoting beautiful and radiant skin, geranium oil is now cited for its benefits including treating acne, reducing inflammation, alleviating anxiety and balancing hormones. This sweet-smelling oil can also uplift your mood, lessen fatigue and promote emotional wellness.
So, what is geranium oil?
Geranium oil is extracted from the stems, leaves and flowers of the geranium plant. It’s considered nontoxic, non-irritant and generally non-sensitizing – so it’s good for everyone, essentially.
You might have heard of rose geranium oil, which isn’t quite the same as geranium oil. The pair both come from the same plant, but they’re derived from different varieties. They’re extremely similar in their properties, but some people prefer the scent of one oil over the other.
Now you know a little more about geranium oil, you probably want to know why it’s worth trying the oil out yourself. There are many benefits of geranium oil, including:
1. Wrinkle Reducer
Geranium oil is known for its dermatological use for the treatment of aging, wrinkled or dry skin. It has the power to minimize the look of wrinkles because it tightens facial skin and slows down the effects of aging.
Add two drops of geranium oil to your face lotion and apply it twice daily. After a week or two, you should notice that your wrinkles begin to fade.
2. Muscle Helper
If you’re sore from an intense workout, using some geranium oil topically may help with any muscle cramps, aches or pains that are common after hitting the gym.
Create a massage oil by mixing five drops of geranium oil with one tablespoon of jojoba oil and massage it into your skin, focusing on your muscles.
3. Infection Fighter
Research has shown that geranium oil has potent antibacterial and anti-fungal abilities against at least 24 different types of bacteria and fungi. The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties found in geranium oil can also help to protect your body from infection. When you use geranium oil to fight external infection, your immune system can focus on your internal functions and keep you healthier.
To help prevent infection, apply two drops of geranium oil combined with a carrier oil like coconut oil to the area of concern, such as a cut or wound, twice a day until it has healed.
Athlete’s foot, for example, is a fungal infection that can be helped with the use of geranium oil. Just add five drops of geranium oil to a foot bath with warm water and sea salt; do this twice daily for the best results.
4. Natural Diuretic
An increase in urination means fewer toxins in the body, and being that geranium oil is a diuretic, it will help you to naturally release those toxins at a quicker rate. Through urination, you release toxic chemicals, heavy metals, sugar, sodium and pollutants. Urination also removes excess bile and acids from the stomach.
5. Natural Deodorant
Geranium oil is a circulatory oil, which means that it exits the body through perspiration. Because geranium oil has antibacterial properties, it helps eliminate bodily odours and can be used as a natural deodorant.
The rose-like smell of geranium oil is a perfect way to keep you smelling fresh every day. For your next great natural deodorant, add five drops of geranium oil to a spray bottle and mix it with five tablespoons of water; you can use this on your body every day.
6. Reduces Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
Research published in 2010 demonstrates geranium oil’s impressive anti-neuroinflammatory effects. When it comes to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, the activation of immune cells in the brain stimulates the release of pro-inflammatory factors, including nitric oxide, which plays a major part in the development and progression of these diseases.
Overall, the study concludes that geranium oil might be beneficial in the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases that are linked to neuroinflammation, thanks to its natural anti-neuroinflammatory properties.
7. Skin Enhancer
With its antibacterial and soothing anti-inflammatory properties, geranium oil can really boost skin health, and can especially help in the treatment of acne, dermatitis and skin diseases. Don’t use geranium oil directly on your skin, though. To be on the safe side, it’s best to dilute it with a carrier oil.
For geranium oil use for acne, try mixing a teaspoon of coconut oil with five drops of geranium oil, then rub the mixture onto the infected area twice a day until you see results. You can also add two drops of geranium oil to your daily face or body wash.
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