You’ve seen the delicate, candy-coloured flowers, and you’ve undoubtedly breathed in the rich, rose-like scent of geraniums. These pretty flowers with their leafy stalks are hardy flowers that you’ll find growing in many a garden. But like so many flowers and plants, their dainty appearance conceals health benefits that really pack a punch.
The essential oil pressed from geranium flowers, leaves and stalks, Pelargonium Graveolens, is rich and deliciously scented. The heady, rose-like aroma is often used in perfumes, and blends really well with other oils. It’s used quite widely in perfumes, but also in aromatherapy and, increasingly, in cosmetics and skincare. Botanical brands like ours harness the amazing benefits of geranium oil because of it’s impact no the health and appearance of skin. But it doubles up as a relaxing, aromatic oil that also promotes a sense of calm and wellbeing.
Here’s why we use geranium oil in our essential botanicals range:
Reducing wrinkles and the signs of ageing.
Found in our natural Face and Eye Cream, geranium oil naturally firms up facial skin, and is used dermatologically to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Because it naturally tightens skin without reducing moisture and suppleness, it minimises many of the common sings of ageing skin. Used regularly, ideally in a blend with other botanicals, it can have a rapid and noticeable effect on those pesky wrinkles.
Calming and soothing irritated skin and making it glow.
Because geranium oil is a natural anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory oil, it actively boosts skin’s health and natural glow. By helping skin stay conditioned, and soothing irritated or breakout prone skin, it fights against skin affected by harsh weather conditions or prone to acne.
It’s often used to combat dermatitis and other damaging skin conditions, helping skin cells to naturally regenerate and leaving your skin clearer and with a natural glow and health that you can see. We use it in our botanical Balancing Face Oil, combined with other oils that really boost skin’s appearance like Japanese rice bran and Argan, to really enhance the way your skin looks and feels.
Reducing scar tissue and marks caused by skin irritation.
If you have skin that’s sensitive and prone to irritation, you’ll be familiar with the annoying red marks and scar tissue spots ad wounds can leave on skin. Because geranium oil is a natural cicatrisant - it speeds up the healing of wounds and helps healthy new skin cells to regenerate more quickly - it is often used to treat scar tissue and the dark spots and marks left by acne and sunburn. That’s why it’s an ideal ingredient in balms, cleansers and moisturisers like ours.
Controlling oiliness and balancing sebum.
For those suffering from oily skin, geranium oil has been shown to reduce excess oil and help skin to maintain a healthy natural balance. An antiseptic and anti-oxidant, it helps to unblock pores and restore the natural sebum balance on the skin’s surface, helping your skin to breathe and keeping it looking fresher and younger.
We use geranium in our natural Exfoliating Powder because it’s great at keeping skin naturally conditioned and clean. Our powder is packed with natural exfoliants, so it’s a great cleanser, and it’s a powder, so an ideal way to boost that carry on luggage liquid allowance.
Reducing the signs of dryness and dandruff on hair.
Adding geranium oil to a conditioner or hair mask dramatically reduced dryness and helps to ease dandruff and skin irritation on the scalp. Helping to sooth dry or irritated skin, massaging the oil into your scalp as a leave in mask, or adding it to your conditioner to treat hair that is sun damaged or in need of some serious re-hydration.
Repelling insects and treating bits and stings.
Geranium oil is often used in natural bug sprays and insect repellents. It’s great as a non-toxic alternative to chemical mosquito repellents, and if you are bitten, it’s fantastic for soothing the irritation of bites or stings and, as I mentioned earlier, speeds up skin’s natural healing process and resilience.
Reducing anxiety and depression.
Geranium’s aromatherapeutic properties are well documented. Studies have shown that it is effective in the treatment of anxiety and depression, and a study into its effects on pregnant and post-natal women found that it actively reduces anxiety during labour and helped fight signs of post-natal depression.
We use geranium oil in our products because we believe that looking after your skin can also provide a daily ritual that brings you a sense of calm and wellbeing. Products using natural botanical oils double up as massage oils and breathing them in naturally reduces stress while caring for your skin, working inside and out.
Working as a natural deodorant.
As geranium is a natural circulatory oil, it absorbs quickly and exits the skin through perspiration. It’s antibacterial, so it helps to eliminate unpleasant body odour and makes your sweat smell, well, like geraniums. Using geranium oil mixed with water in a spray is a great way to create a natural botanical deodorant and smell great all day.
How to get geranium oil into your skincare routine.
While you can easily buy geranium oil and add it to the products you use, it’s best to find products that combine it in smart ways with other complimentary botanicals to benefit from the synergistic impact of the blend.
We use geranium oil along with more than fifty natural essential oils, plant and herb extracts to give you simple everyday products that contain everything you need for healthy, beautiful skin.