Essential oils are liquids extracted from plants and bottled for various uses, from medicinal to domestic. The liquid is not oily but contains a highly concentrated amount of the plant's medicinal and aromatic properties of the plant. Geranium oil comes from the delicate geranium flower and produces many therapeutic effects in the body. These six benefits of geranium oil are reasons you should keep it on hand at home.
Add one drop of geranium essential oil to two drops of a quality carrier oil, such as coconut, avocado or almond oil, which serves as a base to dilute the essential oil. Apply the mixture to your fingertips or a cotton swab and coat the acne-prone areas of your skin. If you have oily skin, don't worry. This oil blend will bind to excess skin oil and remove it. Also, adequate moisture is necessary for acne to heal. Geranium oil is antiseptic and antibacterial, which makes it particularly useful in killing bacteria that cause acne. It also reduces inflammation, which can improve the appearance of acne while it heals.
Geranium oil does more for your face than fight acne; it even tightens facial skin, which minimizes wrinkles. Besides reducing wrinkles, geranium oil also slows the appearance of aging by softening and smoothing your skin.
Start using this wrinkle-fighting essential oil trick by mixing a few drops of geranium oil into a bottle of face lotion. Apply it twice a day, and in a week or two, you'll start to see a noticeable difference.
Adequate blood flow is vital for your overall health. Blood is what oxygenates your brain and other organs, and it delivers the nutrients they need. Signs of poor circulation are cold hands and feet, muscle cramps and headaches, tiredness and dizziness, and seeing varicose veins on your legs.
The best way to use geranium oil for promoting circulation is to apply it topically using a body lotion. Alternatively, you can combine it with a carrier oil and use it as a massage oil, as massaging is another excellent way to boost circulation.
Keep a bottle of geranium oil in your first aid kit, because it's a useful anti-itching ointment for bug bites. Mix one drop of geranium oil with one drop of carrier oil, and use your finger or a cotton swab to apply it to a bug bite or rash of bites. The properties in geranium oil not only stop the itching and reduce inflammation on the skin but also speed up healing by disinfecting the area and boosting circulation.
You can also use geranium oil on wounds, where its antiseptic and antibacterial properties can prevent and heal an infection. Apply one or two drops (undiluted) onto the site of a scrape or cut, twice per day until the wound heals. Keep the area covered with a bandage. Scabs, which are your skin's natural protection for surface injuries, will form quickly because geranium oil reduces the inflammation and boosts circulation to speed up the healing process. You can continue applying it once the scab is gone, as geranium oil also works to reduce scarring.
Geranium essential oil has a place in aromatherapy for its relaxation effects. Many believe it helps women to relax during childbirth, and research has shown it improves sleep for people experiencing insomnia. That's because the oil contains a safe and gentle sedative that causes no adverse side effects.
To use geranium oil for aromatherapy, add a few drops to a diffuser. If you don't have one, you can add a few drops to a fine-mist spray bottle and combine with a ¼ cup of water and 1/8 cup of alcohol, such as vodka. Spray this into the air to promote relaxation, or spray it onto your pillow before bed.
You'll also get the relaxing effects of inhaling geranium oil when you add it to body or hand lotion and use it when needed.
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Geranium essential oil is an excellent addition to your at-home first aid kit, as it's 100 percent natural and safe for your family. You can also give it a home in your bathroom for its cosmetic benefits, and at your bedside to help with sleep. With its floral, rose-like scent, it's easy to welcome into your life!