Botanical Family: Geraniaceae
Extraction Method/Origin: Steam distillation from leaves—Egypt, India
Chemical Constituents: Alcohols (up to 70%): citronellol (>32%), geraniol (<23%), linalol (<14%), nerol, γ-eudesmol, α-terpineol, menthol; Esters (up to 30%): citronellyl formate (14%), geranyl formate & acetate (<12%), other propionates, butyrates, & tiglates; Ketones: isomenthone (<8%), menthone, piperitone; Sesquiterpenes: 4-guaiadiene-6,9, αcopaene, δ- & γ-cadinenes, δ-guaiazulene, β-farnesene; Aldehydes: geranial (<6%), neral, citronellal; Monoterpenes (<5%): α- & β-pinenes, l-limonene, myrcene, ocimene; Sesquiterpene Alcohols: farnesol (<3%).
Properties: Antibacterial, Antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, insect repellent, refreshing, relaxing, sedative, and tonic.
Common Primary Uses: Air purification, autism, bleeding, bruises, chapped lips, cradle cap, diarrhea, dry skin, jaundice, paralysis, physical stress, sensitive skin, staph/MRSA
Folklore: During the 1600’s, European gardeners would plant geraniums around their houses to keep the evil spirits out. However, this oil is not produced from the same geranium as the house plants.
Historical Uses: Geranium oil has been used for dysentery, hemorrhoids, inflammations, heavy menstrual flow, and possibly even cancer (if the folktale is correct). It has also been said to be a remedy for bone fractures, tumors, and wounds.
French Medicinal Uses: Diabetes, diarrhea, gallbladder, gastric ulcer, jaundice, liver, sterility, urinary stones.
Other Possible Uses: This oil may be used for acne, bleeding (increases to eliminate toxins, then stops), burns, circulatory problems (improves blood flow), convulsions59, depression, digestion, eczema, hormonal imbalance, inflammation60, insomnia, kidney stones, dilating biliary ducts for liver detoxification, menstrual problems, neuralgia (severe pain along the nerve), regenerating tissue and nerves, pancreas (balances), ringworm, shingles, skin (may balance the sebum, which is the fatty secretion in the sebaceous glands of the skin that keeps the skin supple. This is good for expectant mothers as a cleanser for oily skin and for livening up pale skin), sores, sore throats, and wounds. Geranium opens the liver chakra and discharges the toxins from the liver that prevent balance.
Body System(s) Affected: Emotional Balance, Skin.
Aromatic Influence: It may help to release negative memories and take us back to peaceful, joyful moments. It may also help ease nervous tension and stress, balance the emotions, lift the spirit, and foster peace, well-being, and hope. It may also help lower defenses that prevent individuals from being open and receptive to new ideas.
Application: Apply to Vita Flex Points and/or directly on area of concern; diffuse.
Oral Use As Dietary Suppliment: Generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA. Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.
Safety Data: Repeated use can possibly result in some contact sensitization.
Blend Classification: Enhancer and Equalizer.
Blends With: All oils.
Odor: Type: Middle Note (50–80% of the blend);Scent: Sweet, green, citrus-rosy, fresh; Intensity: 3.