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Geranium: Uses and Lore

The Geranium is a perennial flowering plant, also known as Crane’s Bill or Alum Root plant, that is known as a powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral. The petals and the leaves of the geranium are commonly used by herbalists in the form of a steam distilled essential oil or as a dried herb.

Geranium is a natural anti-fungal, antiviral, antibiotic, analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent and deodorizer.

It is used in aromatherapy and in skin care for its restorative effect on sebaceous gland activity, helping to normalize oily skin, oily scalp, dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema. It is widely known for its skin rejuvenating properties. Five to seven drops of this oil in the bath water can help to revive tired skin.

Because of its cicatrisant properties, geranium also helps to reduce the appearance of scars from surgery, acne boils or other trauma. Use approximately one drop of geranium oil per ounce of carrier oil and rub it into the scar daily.

Geranium’s regenerative properties make it an excellent treatment for acne and burns. In these cases apply the undiluted steam distilled oil directly to the affected area with a q-tip.

Geranium is an astringent. It tightens the skin and helps reduce wrinkling. It is used for this purpose in cosmetic and massage oils and to treat skin disorders, such as eczema and dermatitis.

Its antimicrobial properties make it a useful ingredient in healing salves for cuts, abrasions and boils. It is also a good treatment for ringworm.

Geranium has a contracting effect on muscles and capillaries, therefore it is an excellent treatment in the form of a salve for bruises and hemorrhoids.

Geranium has a calming effect, particularly when a tea is made from the dried leaves. The oils should never be taken internally because they are too strong.

Geranium oil can be applied to the skin to treat ringworms and lice. It is an excellent choice for use as a mosquito repellant because it contains citronellol.

Geranium oil’s hormone balancing properties, combined with its capillary-restricting abilities, make it an excellent oil for treating menstrual problems involving excessive hemorrhaging. It is helpful for the hormonal imbalance that causes hot flashes. It can be used in a massage oil in cases of mastitis and applied directly to the affected areas of the body.

Because it is helpful in balancing female hormones, it should not be used by pregnant women. There is a great deal of superstitious-seeming lore surrounding the geranium as an abortificant. Some people believe that pregnant women should not be anywhere near geranium plants.

Geranium helps support the proper functioning of the pancreas and the adrenal glands. It is believed to increase liver function, particularly in cases of hepatitis and FLD (Fatty Liver Disease).

Apart from being one of the most elegant flowers in the garden, the geranium is one of the herbs sacred to the Old-Anglo Saxons and associated with the god Wotan, the All-Father. Geranium flowers, carried about a person, are an amulet to attract abundance and prosperity. They are also used as fertility charms. Given geranium’s hormone balancing powers, it is easy to see how the plant might be an influence in easing fertility problems due to a hormonal imbalance and how it gained its reputation as a charm to draw fertility and growth.

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