There are more than 250 species of rainbow hued Geranium flowers, making it a spectacular addition to beautiful gardens the world over. But wait! These beautiful plants are not only aesthetically pleasing, they have positively amazing benefits for your skin and hair as well.
Did you know? Essential oil of certain varieties of aromatic geraniums (with flowery feminine scent, having a slightly earthy aroma) can alleviate respiratory diseases, depression, stress, is calming, and can even act as natural insect repellent.
What is Geranium Essential Oil?
Geranium essential oil is steam-distilled from wildcrafted Geranium flower (from the variety – Pelargonium graveolens). The green parts, especially the leaves, are also used to extract concentrated distillates of the oil. The therapeutic components of geranium essential oil are eugenol, citronellol, geraniol, geranic, linolool, citronellyl formate, citrol, methone, myrtenol and terpineol. The oil is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial and also heals scars and beautifies the skin and hair.
Geranium essential oil is a chief component in many therapeutic natural skincare and haircare products and blends well with chamomile, clary sage, ylang ylang, lemon, lavender, neroli, sandalwood, rosemary and rose.
Here are 8 Holistic and Healing uses of pure geranium essential oil for skin and hair
1. Ultimate Zit Zapper – Treats Acne & Breakouts
Acne has many causes, the most significant ones being hormonal imbalances and bacteria invasion of blocked (blackheads or comedones) pores. Since Geranium oil contains antibacterial phytochemicals and also balances hormones, both properties working synergystically for an effective acne treatment, which is quite effective at further reducing pimples, whiteheads and blackheads.
2. Facial Cleanser – Eliminates Toxins
When natural facial cleansers are formulated with geranium essential oil, the active antioxidants in it purge deep-seated toxins from the skin. Geranium effectively removes dirt, grime, chemicals, makeup and excess sebum and imparts a brighter appearance. This works wonders especially for mature or sensitive skin. It doesn’t strip natural oils from the face, and promotes blood circulation for a balanced revitalized appearance.
3. Moisturizes and Nourishes Skin Cells
Geranium oil solves dry, cracked and flaky skin problems with its ability to restore moisture balance in the skin. By infusing water and micronutrition into skin cells, it makes the skin plump and resilient (bouncy).
4. Provides Relief from Skin Inflammations (Eczema, Rosacea & Psoriasis)
The cytophylactic (cell protective) properties of Geranium is a big relief to those suffering from skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, psoriasis and dermatitis. The oil consists of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytochemicals such as Eugenol which inhibits inflammatory receptors on the skin and calms redness, without any side effects.
5. Skin Cell Renewal – Delays Wrinkles
Geranium consists of proteins, essential fatty acids and tocopherols which protects the skin cells against lipid oxidation (cellular rust is a primary cause of aging) and UV induced damage. Its skin cell renewal ability can even heal scars, cellulite, stretch marks, burns and age spots.
6. Astringent Effect – Tighten pores, Control Oiliness
Geranium provides a natural astringent effect that deeply soothes and tones Kapha (oily) skin. Dabbing a potion containing geranium extract during your nightly skincare regimen balances sebum production in the skin. Over time, this promotes circulation, tightens enlarged pores and heals acne scars.
7. Lightens Scars & Hyperpigmentation
Geranium essential oil owes much of its fame to the ancient Egyptians whose medical writings indicate they used it to improve the texture of their skin, reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation and lighten scars. By enhancing better hydration retention in the skin, it increases cellular turnover to naturally improve the appearance of scarring or pigmentation.
8. Adds Shine to Dull Hair
Geranium oil can restore the hair’s natural pH and rehydrate your lackluster locks. If you have combination hair type (oily scalp but dry hair..common in curly hair) this oil can be very beneficial to you. It can be easily blended and added to carrier oils like (sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil) or shampoo. The result is amazingly smelling shiny, soft, luscious and healthy hair.
The adaptogenic properties of Geranium makes it great for all skin types (Vata, Pitta or Kapha or Dry, Sensitive or Oily Skin types). Use only 100% wildcrafted and natural formulas containing geranium essential oil to reap maximum therapeutic benefits.