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Geranium Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions

Geranium oil (Pelargonium graveolens) is a beautiful, floral essential oil often referred to as "the poor man's rose oil" for its similar properties and uses. It's sweet, rose-like aroma is long-lasting and potent. You need only a small amount or you'll smell it for days.

It's traditionally used for healthy skin (repair or rejuvenation), as well as widely known for its emotional support. It commonly promotes peace and a decrease in stress, especially in regards to releasing negativity, and is great for tension and overall well-being.

Primary Benefits

  • Promotes clear, healthy skin
  • Helps calm nerves and lessen stress
  • Promotes healthy hair

Emotional Benefits

Energetically, it's said to help a person regain their trust in the world and in others. This heart-center oil helps us to heal, tear down barriers, release anger, and manage overwhelming emotions. It might be good for a person who has been deeply hurt in the past and/or who struggles to open up or express their emotions.

Complimentary Oils

Geranium essential oil blends well with all essential oils. Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include: Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Rose, or Bergamot essential oils.

How to Use Geranium Essential Oil

Traditionally, geranium oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:

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Precautions of Geranium Essential Oil

Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.

Popular Uses of Geranium Essential Oil

  • Use in an aromatherapy steam facial to beautify skin.
  • Add a drop to your moisturizer to help balance oil production.
  • The balancing properties of Geranium make it great for both dry and oily hair. Apply a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner bottle, or make your own deep hair conditioner.
  • Diffuse aromatically to help relieve occasional stress and tension.
  • Place one drop in the palm of your hands, rub hands together, and cup over nose and mouth to breathe slowly, or diffuse as desired to release emotions.
  • Diffuse geranium oil throughout the room, apply over the heart or solar plexus, or breathe from the palm of your hand for connection.

Inspiration for Using Geranium Essential Oil

Heart and Soul body Spray: 1/3 Cup water, 2 tablespoons Witch Hazel, 10 drops Geranium essential oil. Mix in 4 oz glass spray bottle.

Spring diffuser blend: 1 drop Geranium, 2 drops Lemon, 1 drop Grapefruit essential oils.

Relaxing detox bath: Mix 10 drops each Geranium, Lavender, and Cedarwood essential oils into 2 cups Epsom Salt. Pour under hot running water. Make sure salt dissolves entirely. Soak for 15-30 minutes.


Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).

A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
  • Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
  • Third-party testing of every batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of their oils

Beginner's Guide to Application and Precautions, from SustainableBabySteps.com

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