The beautiful geranium plant, with its lovely flowers, is one you may often see in gardens. But did you know that geranium is not just pretty to look at? Yes, there is more to this plant than meets the eye. There is geranium oil.
The sweet-smelling oil derived from this eye-pleasing plant is not only used to uplift mood, and relieve stress and anxiety. The oil can also do wonders for your skin!Curious to learn what geranium oil is and how you can use it to beautify your skin? Read on for the 7 ways this essential oil can be incorporated into your regimen.
What is Geranium Oil?
The leaves, stalks, and flowers of the geranium plant are derived by steam distillation to produce geranium essential oil. This oil appears a light yellow-green color with a bitter taste.
Despite the bitter taste, the scent of geranium oil is a beautiful, heavy, and sweet aroma with nuances of rose. But this must not be confused with rose geranium oil.
Geranium oil vs. Rose geranium oil
Geranium essential oil and rose geranium oil comes from different varieties of Pelargonium graveolens plant species.
They may share similar properties and benefits, but the rose geranium essential oil has a much more substantial and intense floral aroma. This is why this essential oil is often preferred over geranium essential oil to be used in the perfume industry. For skin use, geranium oil is best, especially for those who are sensitive to fragrances.
Egyptian vs. Bulgarian
Apart from the distinction above, geranium essential oil comes in two known variations: Egyptian (Pelargonium graveolens) and Bulgarian (Geranium macrorrhizum). Both of these types of geranium essential oil bring a wide range of benefits. However, it's best to know their difference, so you know which is best for specific situations.
Egyptian Geranium is native to the Cape Provinces and the Northern Provinces of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. As mentioned above, this oil is light yellow-green in color with a floral aroma.
Meanwhile, Bulgarian Geranium is native to the Southeast Alps and the Balkans. It is also called bigroot geranium and rock cranesbill. Essential oils of this variant come in clear to light green color with a similar scent to the Egyptian option, though a bit sweeter.
Both of these variants are used to address female reproductive disorders. Apart from this, Bulgarian geranium's sweeter and more pronounced scent makes it applicable to manage insomnia, depression, and nervousness.
When it comes to topical applications, Egyptian geranium is what we should prefer. Though the Bulgarian one can address skin irritation and soreness, the Egyptian variant can address a broader range of skin problems. The reason behind this versatility is Egyptian geranium's various properties. This variation is analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and astringent.
Later on in this post, as we talk about geranium oil some more, we'll know exactly what these properties are capable of.
Interesting Facts About Geranium Oil
The geranium plant originated from South Africa and was not introduced to Europe until 1690. There are more than 400 species of geranium currently spread widely in temperate parts of the world. However, only 10 varieties are actually used for essential oils.
As the geranium plant was introduced to Europe, France was the first to distill the plant and cultivate geranium oil in the 17th century.
But this oil has been in use way before then. Ancient Egyptians already utilized this oil for various applications! These include the promotion of a clear, smooth, and radiant complexion, balancing of hormones, alleviation of anxiety and fatigue, and improvement of moods.
What Can You Use Geranium Essential Oil For?
Even after thousands of years, the geranium oil is still used for almost all the same purposes of the ancient Egyptians. It is a natural, safe, and effective remedy that can improve your skin, mood, and internal health. Here is a list of the oil's uses:
- Stress and anxiety
- Hormone balance
- Female reproductive disorders
- Blood pressure imbalances
- Skin conditions
Skin Benefits of Geranium Essential Oil
Among all the different uses of geranium oil, the skin benefits of this oil genuinely shine the brightest.
The oil, specifically the Egyptian variant, has antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties. These properties are all beneficial for reducing acne breakouts, skin irritation, and skin infections when applied to the skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties are also useful for soothing any redness caused by acne or skin irritation.
This essential oil is also ideal for dry and/or aging skin, so you can add it to your existing skin care products for added efficacy.
There are just so many uses to this oil! Here is something I have put together so you can undoubtedly reap the benefits of geranium oil.
How to Use Geranium Oil To Beautify Your Skin: 7 ways
1. Natural Acne Treatment
The geranium oil contains antiseptic and antibacterial properties that kill off the bacteria responsible for acne. Use geranium essential oil in your daily skin care routine by massaging it onto your face.
- Anti-Acne Toner: In a clean spray bottle, add 3 oz of rose water, 2 drops geranium, and 2 drops tea tree essential oil. Spritz onto clean skin. Shake well before use.
2. Skin Enhancer
Geranium oil provides nutritive benefits to skin and has ultra-nourishing properties that keep skin cells hydrated and supple.
- Geranium Night Balm: Melt 5 tbsp of raw shea butter on low heat. Add 5 drops of geranium essential oil and 5 drops of lavender essential oil. Use on clean face and after you have applied your lighter skin care products - toner, spray, serum. This is a 2% dilution. Read more about diluting essential oils here.
3. Skin Soother
Geranium oil is a powerful inflammation-fighting skin care ingredient. It calms skin rashes, soothes dry skin, relieves acne inflammation. It is suitable for treating inflammatory conditions like eczema and rosacea.
- Skin Soother: Mix 2 drops of geranium essential oil in a tsp jojoba oil. Apply to sensitive skin areas to soothe and heal.
4. Scars & Spots Buster
The geranium oil can also be used to decrease scarring and fade acne blemishes, dark or age spots. To reduce the appearance of acne scars and blemishes, try this overnight treatment:
- Overnight Treatment: Dilute 2 drops of geranium essential oil in 1 tsp rosehip oil. Apply onto your scars and blemishes and leave overnight. To see results, you should be consistent.
5. Sun Damage Protector
Rich in antioxidants, geranium oil bolsters the skin’s natural ability to ward off free radicals and harmful UV rays.
- Sunscreen: Add a drop of geranium oil to your sunscreen right before applying it.
Geranium oil soothes dry, cracked, and flaky skin by hydrating the skin and sealing the moisture inside the skin. Add geranium oil to your moisturizer to promote smooth and supple skin.
- Moisturizer: Melt about 3 tbsp of raw shea butter. Add 2 tsp of jojoba oil, 5 drops of geranium essential oil, 2 drops of lemon essential oil and 2 drops of rosemary essential oil. Whip it and store it in a glass jar. Use it on clean skin as a moisturizer.
7. Skin Tightener
One of the incredible beauty benefits of geranium oil is that it provides a natural astringent effect on the skin. It tightens skin, reduces large pores, controls oiliness, and tones facial skin.
Is Geranium Oil Safe?
The short answer is yes. Geranium oil is safe to use on your skin. The longer answer is that it depends on how you use it.
The worst thing you can do is to open a bottle of essential oil and impatiently begin to smear your face with it. Doing this will kick you in the face!
When I first tried using essential oils was when I was suffering from acne. I heard from a friend that tea tree oil is an excellent acne treatment. So I got myself one and almost immediately started applying it directly onto my skin.
Something felt wrong - it was burning and stinging. I ignored that-- my mantra was 'the more it burns, the more it works.' Boy, did I regret this!
My eyes were crying, my nose started running, my skin became red and itchy. After a quick search on Google Scholar, with my still crying eyes, I read what I did wrong - I did not dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil. I put my skin at high risk!
I rinsed my face immediately, and luckily, no serious consequences are present. This could have ended up way worse, though.
Geranium oil must be diluted in a carrier oil before using it topically, as is with all essential oils. Read this post for guidance on proper dilution.
How To Choose Geranium Oil
Be sure to check the labels of the geranium oil you will buy. Since geranium and rose geranium have different uses, its best to look for bottles clearly marked as the geranium kind.
Also, Egyptian and Bulgarian geranium have different capabilities in addressing skin conditions. From the details above, we know that the Egyptian variation is better for managing a multitude of skin conditions. So, we should look for Egyptian geranium oil.
Most bottles labeled geranium oil is from the Egyptian variation. However, it is best to ask the sellers before purchasing, so you know which variety of the essential oil you'll be getting.
Apart from the reminders mentioned above, it is vital to remember that essential oils must not be bought from food stores. Apart from this, here are some other things you should look for when choosing your geranium oil:
- 100% essential oil
- Therapeutic grade
Beauty does not have to come at such a massive expense. With an essential oil like geranium oil, you can achieve that fantastic skin you have always been dreaming of minus the gigantic price tag.
Always practice caution and feed your curiosity when dealing with essential oils. These oils have so much promise so long as we use them properly.
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