Thursday, September 1, 2011

Geranium essential oil

Geranium essential oil, pelargoneum graveolens, is actually a pelargoneum, and not a true geranium, or geraniaceae, although they are both from the same order of plants called geraniales. Pelargoneum graveolens, geranium essential oil, is the most widely used species for the perfume industries. Our geranium essential oil has that beautiful geranium aroma that we all know so well. It has been used for conditions such as dysentery, hemorroids, inflammations, metorrhagia and menorrhagia (excessive blood loss during menstruation). Geranium essential oil is also used for used for piles and internal bleeding. The leaves are also used and give the greatest percentage of tannin and should be collected before the plant seeds.
Geranium is a perennial plant, growing from 1 to 2 feet high. The entire plant is erect and unbranched, more or less covered with hairs; the leaves deeply parted, each division again cleft and toothed, flowering April to June, colour pale to rosy purple, petals veined and woolly at base, fruit a beaked capsule, divided into five cells, each cell containing one seed, the root stocks 2 to 4 inches long thick with numerous branches for the next growth, outside brown, white and fleshy inside when fresh, when dried it turns to a darkish purple inside; no odour, taste strongly astringent, contains much tannin which is most active just before the plant flowers. The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from leaves, stalks and flowers.
Geranium essential oil, pelargoneum graveolens, blends well with the following essential oils: lavender, patchouli, clove, rose, orange, sandalwood, jasmine, juniperberry, bergamot and other citrus oils.
Geranium oil cautions - non-toxic, non-irritant, generally non-sensitizing.
Geranium essential oil properties - Antidepressant, antihemorrhagic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astingent, cicatrizant, deodorant, diuretic, fungicidal, hemostatic, stimulant (adrenal cortex), styptic, tonic, vermifuge, vulnerary.

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