With a legacy stemming back to ancient Egypt, geranium provides an amazing variety of benefits to multiple body systems, most notably the skin. If you’ve been longing for more beautiful and healthy skin but have run out of touted remedies, look no further than geranium. Read on to learn more about what geranium oil can do for your skin’s vitality.
Geranium oil is typically extracted by steam distillation from the leaves, stalks, and stems of Pelargonium odorantissimum. Its aromatic properties are frequently compared to those of citronella—most notably limonene, geraniol, and citronellol. It also contains alpha-pinene, myrcene, menthone, linalool, geraniol, geranyl acetate, and geranyl butyrate. This wide array of compounds contributes to geranium’s broad-spectrum effects.
Geranium oil also assists in skin regeneration by promoting newcellgrowthwhich isproduced by the innermost layer of the epidermis; these new cells thenmigrate upwardto replacethe oldest skin cellsas theysustain damage, die, and are sloughed off. This process can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks. Increasing the skin cell regeneration rate means that newer, younger cells readily replace older ones.
As an astringent, geranium has the ability to restrict blood flow. This means that it can reduce redness and swelling, as well as tone and tighten muscles. It can also tighten other body tissues such as the gums, intestines, and of course, the skin. Tighter skin is smooth, youthful, and more resistant to wrinkles and other signs of premature aging.
Similar to its astringent properties is geranium’s ability to act as a styptic—causing blood vessels to contract and reducing hemorrhage. Additionally, as a hemostatic, it facilitates blood clotting and coagulation to stop blood loss. As a vulnerary (wound-healing) agent, it draws on its antibacterial and antifungal properties to prevent infection and let your body’s resources focus on skin repair.
Geranium oil can treat boils, acne, and pox, as well as scars and stretch marks. By enhancing circulation just beneath the skin, it speeds healing and promotes an even distribution of melanin, the pigment that colors our skin. Its ability to heal scars makes geranium a cost-effective cicatrisant and cytophylactic that helps bring your skin into balance and repair itself.
KG Stileswrites inThe Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide,thatgeranium is “nourishing and balancing for all skin types including oily, dry, or combination skin. It may be useful for a variety of skin issues like ringworm, acne, burns, bruises, shingles, herpes, eczema, and dermatitis.”
As a diuretic, geranium oil increases urination, which can help your body rid itself of toxins, metabolic waste, excess electrolytes such as sodium and potassium, and even fat. It also helps the body regulate blood pressure and reduces water retention. Geranium supports the health and function of your kidneys, so it makes sense that they become more effective at removing waste.
With mild antibacterial properties, it helps eliminate the germs that cause body odor, and its long-lasting aromatic effect is due to how it circulates in the bloodstream. Instead of releasing its odor via exhalation, it actually exits the body during perspiration. This will leave your skin looking and feeling less sweatywhileradiating with health and youth.
Plants or compounds that uplift and support general health are known as tonics. Geranium is one such plant, helping the body as a whole remain in balance. Pamper your skin and feel the effects throughout your entire body. Healthy, happy skin is part of a healthy, happy you! Skincare is a vital part of your self-care. Your skin works hard—isn’t it time you gave it the spoiling you deserve? Add a little to your essential oils routine, or use our Face Essentials Daily Protect formula, which includes geranium along with other essential oils, toexperiencethe benefits for yourself.
Geranium blends well withangelica,bergamont,basil,cedarwood,carrotseed,lavender,lime,orange,lemon,jasmine, androsemary. Combine any of these to take your self-care regimen to the next level. Your skin will thank you for it!