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4 Benefits for Geranium Essential Oil

written by: TheresaHalvorsen • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 9/15/2010

Geranium essential oil is a fragrant scent to have around your home. But it also has many health benefits such as balancing hormones & helping fight PMS and menopausal symptoms. Geranium oil also treats depression and may help reduce the appearance of cellulite used properly.

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    Geranium Essential Oil Benefits

    Geranium oil comes from the leaves of the geranium or pelargonium flower and historically was used to clean cuts. It has a light floral scent, similar to a rose essential oil, that's pleasant simply as an air freshener. But it has other health applications as well.

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    Improves Skin Condition


    Mix a few drops of geranium essential oil with about half a cup of distilled water to help with skin conditions such as dry or oily skin. It's especially fantastic if you have combination skin, or skin that's oily in patches and dry in others.

    Geranium essential oil mixed with distilled water is also helpful with burns, frostbite and acne. It has antiseptic properties so not only does it help heal, but it prevents infection.

    However, avoid using if you have dermatitis without the approval of your care provider as it may worsen the condition.

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    Reduces Cellulite

    Some aromatherapy experts have found that when geranium oil is mixed with a massage oil (a few drops to about half a cup) and rubbed into cellulite that it decreases the puckering look. Try a massage on cellulite in the morning or before wearing that bathing suit to help reduce the appearance of your cellulite.

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    Fights Depression

    Like many essential oils, geranium can fight day-to-day depression. Release a few drops through a diffuser if you're having a hard day but can't take the time to de-stress. If you have a few minutes, release a drop onto a piece of cotton, hold it close to the nose, close your eyes and breathe deeply.

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    Balances Hormones

    Geranium essential oil balances female hormone imbalances; this is why it's used to treat PMS symptoms, menopause symptoms, menstrual cramps and sore breasts. There are many ways to use geranium oil to treat hormone imbalances. You could add a few drops to a diffuser or vaporizer, or release a drop onto a cotton ball and inhale deeply. For menstrual cramps and sore breasts, try adding a few drops to a massage oil and massaging into the affected areas. If a massage is too painful, add a drop of geranium oil to a warm compress and cover the abdomen or breasts to relieve the symptoms.

    Do not use geranium essential oil without the approval of a care provider if your sore breasts are due to breastfeeding issues.

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    Essential oils should never be ingested unless recommended by a care provider. In addition, never apply essential oils directly to the skin without a carrier oil. Caution should be taken with essential oils during pregnancy and if breastfeeding. If you have any serious health condition, please check in with your care provider before using essential oils since they may worsen your condition.

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    1. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A to Z Revised Edition. CW Daniel Company Limited, 1988

    2. Dye, Jane. Aromatherapy for Women and Children. CW Daniel Company Limited, 1992

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