Geranium is a perennial shrub. The oil is extracted through steam distillation of the leaves and stalk.
ESSENCE: Geranium has a mothering personality. It is a middle note and is considered to be balancing and relaxing.
EFFECTS: Recommended for the workaholic or someone who can’t shut down, it's good for nervous tension, depression, stress and anxiety. Geranium essential oil is both sedative and uplifting.
THERAPY: Geranium is a diuretic and has a stimulating effect on the lymphatic system. It is very good for treating cellulite, fluid retention and oedema of the ankles due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It is useful in treating eczema, psoriasis and acne. Geranium essential oil helps balance the production of sebum, making it invaluable for oily or dry skin types.
PRECAUTIONS: Can be mildly photosensitive and may irritate sensitive skin.
Here's a great massage oil recipe to help you fight cellulite:
40 drops Geranium essential oil
20 drops Lime essential oil (steam distilled)
10 drops Rosemary essential oil
5 drops Ginger essential oil
60 ml Sweet Almond oil
50 ml Castor oil
10 ml Carrot Infused oil
Blend all essential oils together using a small beaker or a shot glass. Blend vegetable oils together. Add essential oils to the vegetable oil blend and pour into a glass bottle. Massage into area twice a day for 30 days, then 2 - 3 times per week for maintenance.
NOTE: dry brushing the area first will increase blood circulation and accelerate the treatment.
Here's another recipe that's effective for PMS (premenstrual syndrome):
3 drops Geranium essential oil
2 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil
1 drop Sweet Marjoram essential oil
5 ml Evening Primrose oil
Blend essential oils together and add to the Evening Primrose. Massage over lower abdominal area in a clockwise direction. Repeat 2 - 3 times a day if symptoms are severe.
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