Geranium / Geranium Bourbon
Botanical: Pelargonium Graveolens
Country of origin / distribution Reunion (bourbon) China & Egypt
Part of plant used: Shrub : Leaves stalks and flowers
Other names: Rose Geranium, Pelargonium odoratissimum, Pelargonium roseum.
Chakra Base, sacral and Heart.
Energy: Cooling, moisturising
Aroma /Characteristics: A green, leafy rosy, aroma with a pronounced fruity minty back note and a rich, long lasting, sweet rosy dryout.
Dosha effect: PK-, V?
Description: A perennial hairy shrub, up to 1 meter high with pointed leaves serrated at the edges and small pink flowers
History/ Herbal: Popular during the Victorian era, rose geranium was often kept potted in parlours were a fresh sprig was always available to revive the senses. The fresh leaves were also offered in finger bowls at formal dining tables.
Extraction: Steam distillation. An absolute is produced in Morocco.
Chemical Const: citronellol, geraniol, linalool, citronellyl formate, menthone,
Properties: Adrenal cortex stimulant? antidepressant, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, astringent, cicatrizing, deodorant, diuretic, lymphotonic, phlebtonic? pancreas stimulant (herbal), tonic, vermifuge.
Safety/ contraindications Non irritant and non-sensitising when used in low doses.
Cardiovascular: Anti- coagulant?, bruises, congestion, haemorrhoids & haemorrhoid itching, lymphatic stimulant, phlebitis, homeostatic, oedema, varicose veins,
Digestive; Diarrhoea, gastroenteritis, gastric ulcers, liver tonic, throat, gum and mouth infections.
Genito – urinary Engorgement of breasts (Mastitis), PMT, PMS, menopausal problems, menstrual cramps, mild diuretic, urinary tract disorders.
Muscular/ Skeletal: Rheumatism, osteo-arthritis.
Respiratory: Asthma, clears mucous, sore throat, and tonsillitis.
Skin: Bruises, cleansing, deodorant, dermatitis, dry eczema, haemorrhoids head lice, inflamed, insect repellent, oily, ringworm, sluggish, tonic, ulcers, wounds.
Uses: Mind: Eases aggression, balances mood swings, promotes creativity
Nervous: Anxiety, depression, mood swings, neuralgia.
Other: With some clients it is stimulating, others it is a sedative, a very balancing oil especially of the hormones, menstrual imbalances, PMS, PMT, post natal depression etc, it is also very useful for treating cellulite in conjunction with oils such as cypress and Juniper berry. Several experiments have shown anti tumoral activity of this oil, Dr Jean Valnet, back in the 1960’s, suggested treating cancer, particularly cancer of the uterus with geranium (see research abstract below). Geranium is an excellent insect repellent.