Have you ever wondered what essential oils you should have on hand for yourself and your family?
I will be posting a quick reference guide to each essential oil to help you choose your personal apothecary.
We’re going to be going over what each oil is good for, how to use it, what it goes with to create a blend, and what to watch out for if you’re pregnant, planning to spend some time in the sun, or dealing with a particular ailment or medical condition.
As I sharing these with you we will be looking at pure, single essential oils, not at the many blended products that are available from just about any essential oil provider. Before you choose any of these blends many of with are touted by glowing testimonials on the distributors websites, or by sales representatives with long-winded spiels. Be sure that you know exactly which oils are in them.
Blends are meant as conveniences to help speed relief to you for an ailment, but they often contain oils you do not require for that purpose. Just as you would not mix up a handful of pills and swallow them without knowing what you were taking, be cautious in using blends that contain ingredients you do not require.
And as with all essential oils, check with your doctor before using any product to be sure it will not react with medications you already take.
Be an informed consumer and take the safest path to overall wellness.
Ok, now that we got all that out of the way today we are going to be talking about…
GERANIUM (Pelargonium spp. – Geraniaceae)
Pelargoniums, commonly called geraniums, should not be confused with the European genus Geranium, which includes crane’s bill or Herb Robert. The name Pelargoniums comes from the Greek palargos “stork.” This is because of the beak-like fruits. Geraniums originally came from South Africa on the island of Reunion, Madagascar, Egypt and Morocco and were first formally recorded in Europe in 1690. There are about 400 species of geraniums throughout the world, but geranium oil comes from only 10 of them!
I was curious to what 10 species of geraniums are used to make the oil and this is what I found…
- Pelargoniums graveolens (rose-scented geranium)
- Pelargoniums roseum
- Pelargoniums odoratissimum
- Pelargoniums capita tum
- Pelargoniums radula
You may notice there are only 5 listed here. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find all 10 but if you know the remaining 5 that are missing please leave a comment below!!!
This oil has a floral scent with just a hint of apples and mint.
The oil is produced from the plant’s leaves and stalks through steam distillation.
WHAT IS IT USED FOR
- Breast engorgement
- Circulatory issues
- Head lice
- Premenstrual Issues
- Skin issues
- Sore throat and tonsillitis
HOW IT’S USED
- In a vaporizer or diffuser
- In a cream blend or lotion blend
- In a massage oil blend
- In a bath
- As a shampoo
- Black pepper
- Carrot seed
- Chamomile (German)
- Chamomile (Roman)
- Clary sage
- Juniper berry
- Palma rosa
- Tea tree
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR
DO NOT USE DURING PREGNANCY– Because it affects the endocrine system, pregnant women should avoid geranium oil.
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Book: An Introductory Guide Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Sonoma Press
Information pulled September 10, 2019