Geranium Bourbon Essential Oil is a strong smelling oil with a floral aroma and a hint of mint.
Geranium is a hairy perennial shrub, often used in hedgerows, and stands up to about one meter high (3 feet) with pointed leaves, serrated at the edges and has pinkish-white flowers.
Attributes & characteristics
Blends well with: Basil, Bergamot, Citronella, Clary Sage, Fennel, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Nerolia and Nutmeg.
The Geranium plants originated from South Africa as well as Reunion, Madagascar, Egypt and Morocco and were introduced to European countries such as Italy, Spain and France in the 17th century. There are over 200 species of geranium, some scented and some not.
The therapeutic properties of Geranium Bourbon Essential Oil include the being used as an astringent, haemostatic, diuretic, antiseptic, anti-depressant, tonic, antibiotic, anti-spasmodic and as an anti-infectious agent.
This uplifting oil has a great all-over balancing effect and this extends to the skin, where it helps to create balance between oily and dry skin.
The strong smell of this oil is particularly good to ward off mosquitoes and head lice.
Psychological & Emotional uses
Geranium Bourbon can also be used to relieve feelings of stress and anxiety, promoting a sense of inner peace.
Effects on the skin
Cautions: Geranium Oil is non-toxic, non-irritant and generally non-sensitizing. It can cause sensitivity in some people and due to the fact that it balances the hormonal system, it should be avoided during pregnancy.
Essential Oil Information
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