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SMELL LIKE FLOWERS – NATURALLY

By The Yoga School / July 1, 2019

Antibacterial and sweet smelling, Geranium essential oil is a great natural alternative to synthetic perfumes. Here are more ways to use this versatile oil

Geranium oil is often used in aromatherapy as a holistic aid for better physical, mental, and emotional health. But did you know that it also makes you smell great?

The rose-like smell of geranium oil is a great way to keep you smelling fresh every day. Geranium oil is a circulatory oil, meaning that it exits the body through perspiration (in other words, you’ll literally smell of flowers, imagine that!) Thanks to its antibacterial properties, geranium oil aids in the elimination of bodily odours and can be used as a natural deodorant. It’s easy to make your own: just add five drops of geranium oil to a spray bottle and mix it with five tablespoons of water.

WHAT IS GERANIUM OIL?

Extracted from the stems, leaves and flowers of the geranium plant, geranium oil (Pelargonium graveolens) and rose geranium oil (Pelargonium graveolens var. Roseum) are extremely similar in terms of active components and benefits, but some people may prefer the scent of one oil over the other.

Geranium oil has traditionally been used by the Egyptians to promote healthy, radiant skin, but this wonderful oil also has many other benefits. Its many uses include its ability to reduce inflammation, balance hormones, alleviate anxiety, uplift moods, and reduce fatigue.

Here’re some great ways to use geranium oil:

REDUCE THE APPEARANCE OF WRINKLES

Rose geranium oil is well loved for its dermatological use in the treatment of ageing skin. It not only slows down the effects of ageing, but also tightens facial skin, thereby minimizing the look of wrinkles and fine lines.

HOW TO USE: Add two drops of geranium oil to your face lotion and apply it twice daily. After a week or two, you may just see the look of your wrinkles begin to fade away.

RELIEF FOR SORE MUSCLES

Are your muscles feeling sore after an intense workout? Apply some geranium oil topically to relieve muscle aches and cramps.

HOW TO USE: Create a soothing massage oil by mixing five drops of geranium oil with one tablespoon of jojoba oil. Blend well and massage it into your skin, focusing on the areas where your muscles are feeling sore.

PROTECTION FROM INFECTION

Geranium oil has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that can help to protect your body from infection. Research shows that it is effective against at least 24 different types of bacteria and fungi! For instance, a fungal infection like Athlete’s foot can be treated with geranium oil.

HOW TO USE: Add five drops of geranium oil to a foot bath with warm water and sea salt. Soak your feet twice daily for the best results.

TREATMENT FOR ACNE

With its soothing anti-inflammatory properties, geranium oil can really enhance the health of your skin. This antibacterial oil can also aid in the treatment of acne, dermatitis and skin diseases.

HOW TO USE: Mix a teaspoon of coconut oil with five drops of geranium oil, then rub the mixture onto the infected area twice a day until you see results. Alternatively, boost your skincare by adding two drops of geranium oil to your daily face or body wash.

KEEP NASTY BUGS AWAY

Geranium oil is often found in the formulation of natural bug repellants, as it’s known to repel mosquitoes and insects.

HOW TO USE: For a safer alternative to chemically enhanced bug sprays, make your own bug repellant by mixing geranium oil with water and spritzing it onto your body.

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