Geranium Rose Essential Oil-What's the big deal?
After three years of really studying this specific essential oil, I have come to learn many things about it that I would like to share. If you want to learn more about the plant part it comes from, its history and uses, and how it can relate to you on a spiritual level, you will want to keep reading.
Many refer to Geranium essential oil as the “poor man’s rose” because of its delicate similarities to the aroma of rose essential oil. It has a sweet, floral, fresh, green, and slightly citrus aroma that I personally enjoy. Some even consider the aroma somewhat of an exotic aphrodisiac.
Did you know that Geranium essential oil is actually harvested from the leaves? It is actually quite unique in that the essential oil obtained from the leaves smells like a flower and that the actual flowers have little to no smell. Even more curious, is that the essential oil obtained smells similar to roses! It is definitely more cost effective with that being said if you love the smell of roses or if you love rose like I do.
With over 200 different species of Geranium, there is a lot of history that has really shaped our current use of it. It originated in South Africa and was introduced to Europe in the late 17th century. Many gardeners would plant it to ward evil spirits. It later became used by Colonial American women for flavoring their cakes and breads by layering the leaves on the bottom of their baking pans. It wasn’t until 1819 that the French chemist Recluz became the first to distil this beautiful oil. Since then, it has become a very important ingredient used in many perfumes.
Medicine and Anecdotal Uses
Medicinally, the plant has been used by herbalists and some doctors. The first doctor to use it was an Italian doctor named Rovesti. Rovesti utilized Geranium essential oil in the treatment of anxiety while others have used it in treatments from dysentery, hemorrhoids, inflammations, as well as heavy menstrual flow. European doctors today prescribe it to treat many things like diarrhea, gallstones, kidney stones, and urinary tract infections.
There are many uses for Geranium essential oil depending on the individual. Some of these uses include relieving respiratory concerns, balancing hormones, improving immune function, providing relief from painful and bloating symptoms related to PMS, and even easing skin concerns like eczema and others still. It is often utilized by women going through early stages of menopause to assist in their transition and is frequently thought of as cooling.
Spiritually, there is so much to learn about this amazing oil. According to Gabriel Mojay’s book Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Geranium oil is considered a cool and moist energy that can be related to Oriental medicine. It can be used to clear heat and inflammation, calm anxiety, and potentially strengthen Qi -energy. The energetics of geranium allow it to clear heat and well as calm the flow of Qi as it relaxes the mind, calms agitation, and decreases frustration and quick tempers.
It can also be a reinforcement for yin as it can assist in settling nervous energy associated with hyperactive individuals. It is also considered a tonic of the yin as it provides a centering effect on the emotions allowing the user to feel balance.
Geranium essential oil is also considered to be related to Venus—the planet of love and beauty. Venus when compared to Mars, is considered cool and moist versus hot and dry. Astrologically, it is the symbol of sensuality, creativity, and relationship. These are three areas that the oil has a deep potential to improve.
Looking at some of Geraniums uses, it is not hard to see the connections to the energetic and spiritual connections of the oil. Those uses that affect the reproductive system, our emotions, and physical concerns can be directly linked to Venus, Qi-energy, and yin.
If you take a look at how I personally utilize this essential oil and reflect on the information provided here, you will see why I consider this oil to be an important and healing oil for women. It is comforting, nurturing, soothing for our nerves, and offers us so much more depending on our need.
I will add that while this essential oil can appear to have wonderful effects as mentioned, there is no scientific research to back the anecdotal claims mentioned in this article. This is largely due to the complexity of the essential oil as well as the variances between species and batches. Realistically, funding such research would be costlier than the current research being funded for individual chemical constituents found in this oil. With this being said, lack of research does not necessarily disprove the information compiled in this article. However, I share it for educational purposes and hope that you have enjoyed it.
Mojay, Gabriel. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts, 1997.
Wilson, Roberta. Aromatherapy Essential Oils for Vibrant Health and Beauty. Penguin Putnam, 2002. Print.
Price, Shirley, and Len Price. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals. 4th ed. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 2012. Print.
Choy, and Park. "Effect of Inhalation of Aromatherapy Oil on Patients with Perennial Allergic Rhinitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial." PubMed. Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 13 Mar. 2016. Web. 15 May 2016.
Kobayashi, Sato, Yorita, Nakayama, Miyazato, Sugimoto, and Jippo. "Inhibitory Effects of Geranium Essential Oil and Its Major Component, Citronellol, on Degranulation and Cytokine Production by Mast Cells." PubMed. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem., June 2016. Web. 15 May 2016.
Rashidi Fakari, Tabatabaeichehr, Kamali, and Naseri. "Effect of Inhalation of Aroma of Geranium Essence on Anxiety and Physiological Parameters during First Stage of Labor in Nulliparous Women: A Randomized Clinical Trial." PubMed. Journal of Caring Sciences, June 2015. Web. 15 May 2016.
Lenkiewicz, Głowacka, Kowalczyk, Wiktorowska-Owczarek, Jóźwiak-Bębenista, and Łysakowska. "The Biological Activities of Cinnamon, Geranium and Lavender Essential Oils." MDPI Molecules. Molecules, 12 Dec. 2014. Web. 15 May 2016.