Digging Deeper: Geranium

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(Pelargonium graveolens)

These flowers always make me so happy. Like the rose, there are more than a handful of varieties lending to multiple colors and petal arrangements. Most geranium, however, have five petals surrounding sunny faces that just seem to smile flowery smiles at any passerby.

History and Folklore

The word Geranium comes from the Greek geranos meaning “crane”

The Wild Geranium rhizome is rich in tannin and was used by early American settlers to tan hides.

Magical Attributes

A tea of Wild Geranium flowers is an effective counter to many love spells. A bit of the root can be carried as an amulet to attract happiness and prosperity. It can also be used in spells to encourage conception, successful pregnancy and safe childbirth, especially in sympathetic spells.

Healing Attributes

Infusions may be made of any part of the plant for the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, irritable bowel, cholera, kidney problems, internal bleeding and many other issues that call for the use of an astringent. It is also antiseptic and may be applied externally for issues involving pus, discharge and inflammations. It can be used as a douche or gargle to this affect if called for. The powdered, dried root can be used as a styptic.

Although the entire plant is effective, the rhizome contains the highest concentration of tannin and healing properties.

Sourced from https://witchipedia.com/book-of-shadows/herblore/geranium/

Geranium essential oil comes from the Pelargonium graveolens plant, a multibranched shrub that grows up to 5 feet tall.

Geranium oil is produced by steam distilling the plant’s flowers and leaves. It is native to subtropical southern Africa and was used by the Egyptians to promote beautiful, radiant skin.

Most Young Living Geranium essential oil comes from Egypt.

Floral and herbaceous

TopicalAromaticKey Constituents
May help maintain the appearance of healthy, youthful-looking skin

Helps promote healthy, radiant-looking hair

May help cleanse the skin
Has a sweet, floral fragranceCitronellol


Citronellyl formate


Geranium has been used for centuries for regenerating and healing skin conditions.

Medical Properties: Antispasmodic, antioxidant, antitumoral, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, hemostatic (stops bleeding), antibacterial, antifungal, improves blood flow, liver and pancreas stimulant, dilates bile ducts for liver detoxification, helps cleanse oily skin; revitalizes skin cells

Uses: Hepatitis/fatty liver, skin conditions (dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, acne, vitiligo), fungal infections (ring worm), viral infections (herpes, shingles), hormone imbalances, circulatory problems (improves blood flow), menstrual problems/PMS

Fragrant Influence: Helps release negative memories and eases nervous tension; balances the emotions, lifts the spirit, and fosters peace, well-being, and hope.

Excerpted from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 7th Edition, page 93

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