For the past couple of years here in Utah, the earliest months of the year have also been the snowiest. It seems like we’ve been getting one snow storm after another since February began, and I can’t help but wonder where all this snow was back in December!
To counter the fact that we’re slowly being buried in snow, I thought it would be nice to explore a topic that screams of springtime! So today we’ll be exploring one of the most underrated floral essential oils out there: geranium oil!
Compared to other floral oils (lavender in particular), geranium essential oil isn’t nearly as well-known or popular. So to help remedy that, I’m sharing 9 uses for geranium essential oil that everyone ought to know about! :-)
9 Practical Uses For Geranium Oil You Need To Know
1. Minimize Wrinkles
Geranium oil is one of the most popular essential oils for anti-aging skin care applications. It has a slightly astringent effect, helping to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Soothe Anxiety
Geranium can help improve your outlook and reduce anxious feelings. In fact, a 2015 study found that geranium oil helped reduce levels of anxiety in pregnant women during labor!
Add a few drops of geranium oil to your diffuser to help lift your spirits when you’re feeling stressed or down.
3. Add Shine To Hair
Use geranium oil to enrich your hair care routine and restore shine and vitality to dull hair!
After shampooing your hair, add 3-5 drops of geranium oil to your normal amount of conditioner before applying it. You’ll have radiant, more healthy-looking hair in no time, and it will smell great too!
4. Repel Insects
Use geranium oil to help keep bugs at bay! Add a drop or two to a cotton ball and place it in any areas where bugs have been sighted. You can also spritz yourself with diluted geranium oil before going outside to help repel bugs.
5. Reduce Inflammation
Geranium oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, making it a useful remedy for inflammatory skin conditions and other types of inflammation. Dilute 5 drops of geranium oil with 1 teaspoon of your preferred carrier oil, then apply it to the affected area to help reduce swelling and soothe discomfort.
6. Relieve Respiratory Symptoms
Geranium’s anti-inflammatory properties can also be useful for reducing respiratory symptoms like stuffy noses and congestion. Use geranium oil in your diffuser to help keep your airways clear when you have a cold or other respiratory illnesses.
7. Treat Skin Issues
Thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, geranium oil is great for treating skin issues like acne, dermatitis, and more. Dilute 5 drops of geranium oil with 1 teaspoon of rosehip oil, then apply the mixture to the affected area once or twice a day until the condition improves.
8. Cool A Hot Flash
If hot flashes are stopping you in your tracks, keep a geranium oil spray on hand for quick cooling relief!
Add about 20 drops of geranium oil to a 4-ounce glass spray bottle, then fill the rest of the bottle with witch hazel. Replace the top, shake to mix, and spritz it onto your face and neck during a hot flash, or whenever you’re feeling a bit overheated!
9. Stop Minor Bleeding
When it comes to stopping bleeding from minor cuts (like nicks from shaving, for instance), many people swear by geranium oil! It can help reduce the flow of blood by contracting the blood vessels, and promote clotting to stop bleeding fast.
Use a cotton swab to apply a single drop of geranium oil to a small cut to help stop the bleeding.
Have you ever used geranium essential oil?