How to use Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium oil is floral & sweet with antioxidant & antibacterial qualities. 

Geranium essential oil has a sweet floral fragrancePelargonium Graveolens

Geranium, sometimes referred to as Sweet scented Geranium, is an aromatic plant with a fragrance not dissimilar to roses.

The essential oil is floral and sweet with elements of honey and with a depth that hints at citrus undertones. It has antibacterial, antioxidant and antifungal properties, making it a functional and worthwhile addition to any alternative medicine cabinet.

roses have a similar scent to geraniums

Due to the similarity of the scent of Geranium to Rose Absolute, it is is sometimes used as a cheaper alternative to Rose oil in products and cosmetics. Geranium has its own unique set of properties despite its fragrances close resemblance to Rose oil.

It is used in aromatherapy for its ability to balance, calm and relax. It also has analgesic, antibacterial and antioxidant properties and can be used as an anti-inflammatory for the skin. The fragrance can also be utilised to uplift mood and for alleviating grief, stress and anxiety.

Where have I smelt Geranium before?

Geranium oil is used extensively in the perfume industry as a floral note. It is combined with Lavender, Neroli and Jasmine to form the heart note of Davidoff's Cool Water.

The heart note (or middle note) of a fragrance is what you will smell after the initial top note dissipates and it helps to mask the base notes which often may give off a less olfactory attractive initial impression.

Davidoff cool water has a geranium heart note

If you have a bottle of Cool Water to hand see if you can detect Geranium as part of the heart of the scent.

You can improve your olfactory senses by using them more and by consciously thinking about the layers that make up a scent when you are inhaling them.

Over time and with practice you will become better at detecting the faint nuances that make up different fragrances.

How to use Geranium essential oil

Geranium oil for skin care
The properties of Geranium essential oil for skin care are attributed to its ability to alleviate excess oil, spots and irritating skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

Used as part of your facial skin care routine over time Geranium oil will help with overall skin condition by stimulating blood circulation which in turn can help to minimise the look of thread veins.

geranium essential oil for skincare

Geranium can be a great addition to all facial skin care routine, especially for ageing skin that needs extra care and attention. Switch up your evening night time moisturiser to a simple blend of carrier oil and a couple of drops of Geranium and use nightly to visibly improve the look and feel of your skin.

Geranium oil for lifting mood
The sweet scent of Geranium oil drifting in the air from your diffuser, taken in from the air while being applied via an aromatherapy massage or via cupped palm inhalation has the ability to instantly lift mood.

Inhaling the aroma works through the olfactory senses and activates the limbic system in the brain to subtly calm and de stress your mood, leaving you feeling relaxed and less tense.

Diffuse geranium oil to help relaxation

Diffusing the oil will exude a stress busting fragrance into your environment making your home smell fantastic while keeping you calm and focussed.

An aromatherapy massage with Geranium oil will affect the limbic system in the same way via inhalation of the uplifting floral scent, whilst having the added benefit of easing aches and muscle pains through the anti- inflammatory properties of the oil and via touch and the stimulating massage experience.

Geranium oil for aches and pains
The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of Geranium essential oil can help you ease muscle aches and pains when administered in an aromatherapy massage.

The analgesic properties can help to reduce neuralgic pain while the anti- inflammatory properties of Geranium oil make it a useful treatment for joint and muscle pains that may be caused by a longstanding health condition or may have been brought on by straining or exercise.

It can also be used as a preventive treatment by administering via self massage after exercise to wind down, helping to keep your body conditioned and muscles relaxed. 

Geranium oil for period cramps
Utilise the powerful benefits of Geranium oil to help ease period cramps. The analgesic and natural relaxant qualities of the oil can help to reduce pain when administered diluted through massage to the areas that are causing pain.

Used in conjunction with exercise and a healthy diet, an essential oil massage with Geranium can help you to to get the desired rest and relaxation needed when you are experiencing pain and stress brought on by your monthly cycle.

Geranium essential oil recipes

Geranium massage blend for period cramps
Blend 3 drops of Geranium with 5 drops of Clary Sage and 6 drops of Lavender in 10mls of carrier oil. Massage into your abdomen, stomach and lower back. If your period symptoms are causing you pain don’t suffer unnecessarily, take a couple of strong painkillers if you need to, and use aromatherapy massage oil as a complementary way to help bring additional relief.

Geranium oil blend to lift mood
For a relaxing and mood enhancing diffuser blend add 5 drops of Geranium to your diffuser with 5 drops of Orange essential oil and 2 drops of Ylang Ylang.

Geranium essential oil blends well with
Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Orange, Rose Absolute, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang

Geranium essential oil safety

For external use only unless advised for internal use by a qualified aromatherapist of physician. Always dilute Geranium before using topically. Avoid use if pregnant or breastfeeding unless advised to use by a medical practitioner.