There are over 700 different species of Geranium and while a number of them do produce essential oils, P. graveolens is the most popular for its scent and benefits. Geranium makes an ideal oil for skin care for its antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
Geranium smells fresh, rosy, sweet and minty. It blends well with citrus and floral oils like neroli, bergamot, lemon, lime, grapefruit, lavender, jasmine, rose and ylang ylang.
Geranium essential oil can help with menopausal problems by supporting hormone balance. It has anti-inflammatory actions which can promote circulation and possibly help improve varicose veins and cellulite. Geranium is also used to assist in the treatment of haemorrhoids and with antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, it can fight off some bacterial strains.
- Generally non-sensitising
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