The first thing to keep in mind is that geranium essential oil should never be ingested and should be mixed with another carrier oil before applying it to the skin.
Pelargonium graveolens It is the scientific name of a type of geranium native to South Africa. From this plant the steam is distilled to produce thegeranium essential oil, widely used in aromatherapy and other complementary therapies due to its therapeutic effects in maintaining Health.
Health benefits of geranium essential oil
It is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and good against infection by bacteria. It has many benefits to help maintain good health. Remember that these benefits vary according to the needs of each person. These tips are to replace the consultation with the doctor and each organism is unique, therefore, it may react differently to what is mentioned.
-Treatment of skin inflammations
Due to its anti-inflammatory, bactericidal, and antiseptic properties, geranium oil applied to the skin can help treat problems such as acne, dermatitis, and other inflammations, provided it is used with the guidance of a physician.
-Relief of leg swelling
Another use for geranium oil is to treat swelling in the legs caused by fluid retention. It can be diluted with water and applied to the legs, performing a massage, which must have been applied by a therapist to perform the correct movements.
-Treatment of wounds in the nostrils
Some people have a very dry and bruised inside of the nose, either from the cold in dry weather, excessive stay in an air-conditioned environment, or problems such as sinusitis and allergies, which require blowing the nose. When sores appear in the nostrils, they can be treated with geranium oil, as long as the doctor recommends it.
-Treatment of bacterial infections
Some types of infections caused by bacteria can be reduced with the use of geranium oil, such as problems caused byStaphylococcus aureus bacteria Y Listeria monocytogenes.
-Reduction of neuroinflammation
Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are associated with varying degrees of neuroinflammation. There is a substance called citronellol, which is one of the components of geranium oil, which is capable of inhibiting the production of nitric oxide, reducing inflammation and cell death in the brain. The way to use the oil must be prescribed by the doctor.
-Relief of menopause symptoms
When women enter premenopause and after menopause, many hormonal imbalances occur throughout the body. Geranium oil is one of the forms of aromatherapy treatment that helps relieve symptoms by stimulating the production of the hormone estrogen, which is low during this stage of life.
-Relief of stress and anxiety
Also with aromatherapy treatment, this oil is able to help people who suffer from repeated episodes of stress and anxiety, as well as help in the symptoms of depression with its calming and relaxing effect.
-Reduction of allergy symptoms
Allergies often have the symptom of itchy skin, redness, and irritation, which can turn into inflammation. Geranium oil can help alleviate these skin symptoms and prevent inflammation, provided it has been tested beforehand to see if the patient may also be allergic to geranium.
How to use geranium essential oil?
The way to use this oil varies according to the needs of each person, and it is most likely recommended by the doctor.
But in general, as it is an essential oil, it is always advisable to dilute it with another type of oil, called carrier, such as coconut, sesame, grape seed and many others that can be applied to the skin.
The basic blend for adults is 15 drops of oil in 6 teaspoons of carrier oil. For children, there are 3 to 6 drops in the same amount of carrier oil.
In aromatherapy, it is the aroma of the oil that will offer the therapeutic action. Then you can drop a few drops on paper towels, buy a room scent with this essential oil (cannot be fragrance).
Keep this essential oil out of the reach of children. It should never be ingested. Do not apply the product neat on the skin. Before applying it to the skin, test a small area of the body and wait a few minutes to see if you will have an allergic reaction. Do not overuse it.
By Priscilla Riscarolli. Article in Portuguese