In the 1600s, gardeners would plant geraniums around their houses to keep evil spirits at bay. Today, here in South Africa, you will find them at the front and back doors of farmhouses to keep snakes away.
Geranium oil is used to help with the symptoms of many skin ailments including acne, eczema, dry spots, inflammation, and to assist with the detoxification and balancing the sebum to keep skin supple.
Aromatherapy uses include the balancing of hormones, easing nervous tension and stress and the lifting of spirits.
Massage: Apply directly to the area of concern using up to 6 drops diluted with 6 tablespoons of carrier oil. Sensitive skin types should do a test patch first before applying to larger areas.
Children and infants as well as pregnant and breast feeding mothers should use rose geranium essential oils with extra precaution. Always dilute essential oils in a carrier oil such as sunflower, jojoba or almond oil. The younger the child the greater the dilution. e.g. 1 drop to 3 tablespoons of carrier oil for children 3 years and younger.
After massaging, lay a hot wet towel over the area. Moist heat will force the oil deeper into the tissues of the body.
Bath: Rose geranium can be used in your bath in quantities of 3 to 6 drops mixed into your shower gel. Add to the bath while the water is running.
Shower: Add 1 to 2 drops to shower gel and place it on your washcloth to wash your body.
Body spray: Fill a 50 ml spray bottle with boiled and cooled water. Add 20 drops and shake well. Spray all over after bathing or showering to balance the hormones and uplift the spirits.
Cleaning and Disinfecting: Place a few drops of rose geranium oil on a cloth or into a spray bottle with water to create fragrant rooms and surfaces.
The information on this page is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to be used to diagnose, prescribe or treat any disease, illness or injury. Seek professional medical attention for diseases, illnesses or injuries.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Avoid essential oils if pregnant or breast feeding.