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Geranium oil is used as a regulator for low or high blood pressure. But don`t go chopping off the flower heads in your mothers geranium beds! Find out from her if they`re the Pelargonium graveolens species first. If she says yes, then you can hire the combine harvester.
Seriously, there are more than 700 different types of geranium and only a few of the species will produce the essential oils that give the desired affect and they are not usually found in your mothers garden.
Take a look at the photo of the flower. That is a geranium flower head of the Pelargonium graveolens species.
Geranium oil is more effective in conjunction with lavender and marjoram in a 15 minute bath soak. Use ten drops from each oil. The oil is a relaxant for the senses; a sedative, easing tension and anxiety, and promoting a sense of well being. But also it brings down inflammation, helps stimulate the circulatory system, and may help with detoxing.
This combination of oils, however, can be used together for massage.
It is a natural diuretic, which is always good to know, in case you are taking pharmaceutical diuretics.
The oil is extracted from the leaves of the plant by steam distillation. It is light yellow to pale green in color, and a scent like herbs, roses, mint and citrus.
The properties found in Pelargonium graveolens are: Geraniol, Citronellol, Geranyl Acetate, Linalool, Geranyl Butyrate, Alpha Pinene, Menthone, Myrcene, and Limonene.
I personally prefer pelargonium odorantissimum geranium aromatherapy. It`s often referred to as the apple geranium. It has a woody, apple scent with a hint of mint and rose. The oil is extracted from the leaves and the stem.
It`s properties are Geranoil, citonellol, beta- caryophyllene, geranyl acetate, linalyl acetate, and citronellyl acetate.
Caution: This oil does not usually present any problems, but it could irritate sensitive skin.