Over centuries Geranium has been used in many different ways.
In folklore, white geraniums were said to keep snakes away. Aswell as having near an open window to keep flies away.
Known in medieval Germany as Gottesgnade, which derived from this plants oldest name Odin’s grace or Odin’s flower.
Geranium roots were used as cures for sore throats and to stop internal bleeding for some American Indians.
Geranium essential oil, and rose geranium essential oil come from different varieties of the Pelargonium graveolens plant species.
Many alternative practitioners use Geranium oil to treat a variety of condition some include anxiety, depression, infection and pain.
It has also been known to treat skin conditions such as acne, aswell as other skin irritations and skin infections. In these cases the oil is usually diluted with a base oil then applied to the skin.
Geranium oil has antioxidant, antibacterial, anteseptic, antimicrobial and anti inflammatory properties.
Geranium is beneficial to Edema due to its anti inflammatory properties reducing leg and foot swelling by adding a few drops to bath water. Although as with most alternative medicines research is little and lacking in much evidence.
The geranium oil comes from the stem of the plant.
Geranium oil can also be used in aromatherapy for its soothing effects leaving an air of tranquility.
Nasal vestibulitis is an uncomfortable condition associated with cancer treatment causing bleeding, scabbing, pain, dryness, and sores.
In a study, geranium essential oil was mixed with sesame oil and used as a nasal spray in women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, proving effective.
Another study proved Geranium oil to be as effective as amoxicillin (penicillin) in treating bacterial infections such as staphylococcus aureus and a different bacterial strain listeria monocytogenes.
A componant in geranium inhibited nitric oxide production, reducing inflammation and cell death in the brain. This can help conditions such as alzheimer’s desease, multiple sclerosis, parkinsons disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Geranium also stimulates secretion of salivary estrogen. This can help in respect of symptoms of menopause.
Shingles can commonly result in postherpetic neuralgia. This can be very painful effecting nerve fibres and skin around the nerve.
Geranium has been proven to significantly reduce pain but had to be reapplied as effects were temporary.
Geranium has been shown to be good at helping heal wounds with its antiseptic properties aswell as being antibacterial. It speeds up coagulation by causing blood vessels to contract.
To say a few things on the Geraniums magical properties.
- Geraniums can be planted as a bringer of good health.
- They are known to bring aspects of love and acceptance into your heart and life.
- Also known to bring you into balance.
- Associated with encouraging fertility, safe pregnancy and childbirth.
- Cranesbill Geraniums can also be carried to attract happiness, positivity and prosperity.
- They can also be used to aid in dream work and astral travel.
- Gerainium can also be used as an aid in chakra work.
I have added rose geranium and two cransbill geranium images.