There are 250 or so species of geranium, many of which are cultivated for ornamental purposes. Of these, only two species are used for essential oil extraction – P. roseum and P. asperum. The sweet, slightly minty citrusy rose-like odour is intense and rich, and renders this essential oil with a feminine perfume tone, which is bright and uplifting. Its uses are manifold. From anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-microbial, to anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, and skin healing; this oil lifts and balances mood and emotion, combats infections, and is a valuable skin care ingredient that will balance dry and oily skin, improve tone and appearance, among many other valuable qualities. Remember, always dilute essential oils in an emulsifying medium such as vegetable oil, unperfumed cream or lotion before applying to your skin.
A recent study exploring the effect of mindfulness meditation and the psycho-emotional influence of essential oils found that, when combined, meditation and essential oils act synergistically to significantly reduce levels of anxiety. The essential oils applied (Satureja brevicalyx and Satueja boliviana – plants native to Peru) contain a high content of linalool, a phyto-chemical attributed with being ‘uplifting’, among other qualities. The authors indicate that other essential oils containing linalool may potentially produce a similar effect suggesting, as an example, a blend of Ho wood, geranium and peppermint (peppermint does not contain linalool but in combination these oils create a similar chemical ‘fingerprint’ to the Peruvian oils). (Soto-Vásquez & Alvarado-García 2017).
Odour detection draws the perceivers’ awareness to their breathing, to the moment.
Find out about this dynamic relationship, and much more, in my book ‘Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation’ (publisher: Inner Traditions USA), available here: