Geranium, real name pelargonium graveolens, is one of the most popular fragrances in use in perfumes today. It combines both the light sweetness found in floral and fresh fruit scents, with a slightly sharper overtone that many have described as mint-like. Geranium is a highly valued commodity that is used as a fragrance for perfumes, cosmetics, creams, lotions and soaps. It is less expensive to use geranium than rose and it mixes very well with a wide variety of scents. It you are searching for essential oils online to blend with geranium, try mixing a few drops with rose, lemon, bergamot, angelica, neroli, jasmine, basil, ylang ylang or lemongrass.

Here at AromaWorks we have incorporated geranium into our truly luxurious Serenity range. Blended with lemongrass, this luscious range will calm the nerves and soothe away the cares of the day. Besides the essential oils online, we have a full range of scented candles, the Serenity reed diffuser and Serenity room mist. Of course the Serenity aromatherapy candles can be utilised as wedding candles too in order to create a relaxing ambience for that special day.

On its own geranium is a very versatile oil that can be used in a variety of ways. It has been labelled the ‘women’s oil’ because it has hormonal properties and can ease menstruation or menopausal symptoms. For example, it is an excellent essential oil to use to calm the nervous system or to generally settle emotions if you suffer from mood swings or irritability. Burning a geranium scented aromatherapy candle when you get home after a stressful day will work wonders for your state of mind.

Geranium is also excellent for use on the skin. It has both antiseptic and astringent properties. On the one hand it controls the production of sebum, the oil that seeps from your facial pores that can make your skin feel greasy, and on the other hand it will also re-energise skin that is pale, flaccid, sallow or tired looking. Geranium is great for circulation and can help skin that is red or flushed, calming it down.

As an anti-bacterial, geranium is invaluable. Its use prevents bacteria build-up in wounds and can be used to ease chicken pox, measles and mumps. Geranium has properties that help skin to heal, and spots and scars to fade, because blood circulation is stimulated just below the affected area, which helps to redistribute the melanin in the skin. Geranium also helps to promote cell health and regeneration.

Geranium belongs to the geraniaceae plant family and originated in Egypt and South Africa. Modern variants of the plant tend to be cultivated in Mediterranean areas. The plant was used by Ancient Egyptians to combat cancerous tumours although how effective it was, no-one knows. It was brought to Europe in the seventeenth century and was introduced to the UK from Paris by John Tradescant the Elder in 1631. The fragrance was popularised by the Victorians who liked to use it in the dining room, and to scent the water in their finger bowls.

Did you know?

There are 700 different varieties of the geranium plant.

Geranium is said to have a spiritual element that diminishes fears of abandonment, love and commitment.

Geranium is good for fungal ear infections in dogs and can deter ticks.

Geranium contains citronellal which is used as an insect repellent.

Geranium makes an ideal gift for students because the fragrance encourages concentration. Burning aromatherapy candles, such as those in our Serenity range, will aid focus when studying.