The oil of the Geranium makes a good astringent and can be diluted with water and used topically to help clean the face or in a bath . It also has great antiseptic properties and is said to help restore the balance to dry or oily skin and hair. You can also make a tea with the leaves and flowers or an oil infusion. The geranium is considered to be safe for most people (those with an autoimmune disease and those who are pregnant should avoid it) and can be used as an herb in cooking as well.

In addition to its astringent qualities, the geranium also has soothing qualities and is helpful in relieving symptoms of anxiety as well as PMS and menopausal symptoms. The geranium is reputed to help heal bruises, cuts and scrapes, eczema, hemorrhoids, nail fungus and sunburns as well as help with insomnia and varicose veins. It is also said to be a great natural insect repellent and is well known in the ancient world as a tick repellent for dogs and humans alike!
Geranium Health Benefits
Let’s take a closer look at some of the important health benefits of geranium.

Lowers Stress
The impact of geranium on the nervous system is well-known and the plant has been used in this way for generations. If you brew the leaves of its plant, you can produce a tasty tea that has soothing properties, derived from its organic compounds that positively impact the endocrine system and help balance hormones that cause stress and anxiety. A quick cup of tea, when you’re stressed, can quickly relieve unpleasant mood and a cluttered mind.

Reduces Inflammation
Researchers from Algeria in a 2013 study revealed the anti-inflammatory properties of geranium. [4] If you suffer from sore joints, aching muscles, or even internal inflammation of the gut or cardiovascular system, geranium tea can provide relief from the discomfort while reducing the strain on your body’s sensitive areas.

Relieves Pain
Although quite similar to its anti-inflammatory properties, the analgesic ability of geranium has made it a popular traditional remedy for headaches and other injuries. If you suffer from chronic pain or migraines, research has shown that its tea can release endorphins and relieve pain quite rapidly. This effect is relatively mild, and shouldn’t be relied on for permanent pain relief.

According to a study conducted by Dr. Bruce Frome of Beverly Hills, published in the American Journal of Medicine, topical application of geranium oil provides temporary relief of postherpetic neuralgia pain. [5] It also concludes, “Geranium oil relieves pain in minutes and is well tolerated.”

Boosts Immunity
It helps strengthen the body’s defense system against diseases and infections. Its antimicrobial properties can help prevent internal and external pathogens from negatively impacting the body.

Antibacterial Properties
Geranium has natural antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties that make it a wonderful cold and flu reliever if you feel yourself getting sick. Drinking a cup of geranium tea or even chewing on the leaves (remember, only the rose-scented variety) will boost the strength of your immune system. [6] It also promotes quick recovery from a variety of illnesses, including cold, according to a study by Dr. Gail Patrick, The University of Chicago, USA. [7]

Treats Respiratory Disorders
Geranium relieves symptoms of bronchitis, sinusitis, and nose infections because it is a powerful antiviral. This is confirmed by a report by Gene Bruno, Professor of Nutraceutical Science and Provost of Huntington College of Health Sciences. [8]

Antihemorrhagic Effect

Geranium, being a styptic, has the ability to stop the occurrence of hemorrhage as it slows down the blood flow by contracting the arteries and veins. [9] It also has hemostatic properties, which cause the blood to clot. This helps heal wounds faster.

Promotes Kidney Health
The volatile components of geranium can improve the health of kidneys and stimulate urination because of its diuretic properties. This eliminates toxins, excess salts, fats, and water from the body, and helps reduce the strain on your kidneys. According to the Lipids in Health and Disease journal, due to its anti-hyperglycemic properties, rose-scented geranium could be used as a safe alternative for diabetic patients too. [10]

Aids in Digestion
If you’re suffering from cramping, bloating, or a generally upset stomach, drinking a cup of geranium tea can be one of the easiest and most painless remedies. The beneficial organic compounds can quickly soothe inflammation and eliminate [11] bacteria that may be causing the discomfort, and get your gastrointestinal system back to normal!

Treats Menopause
Geranium is excellent for treating a range of women’s health issues from hot flashes and distress during menopause and menstrual cramps. According to a thesis submitted by Melissa Clanton, Australasian College of Health Sciences, subjects who applied 5% dilution of clary sage and geranium to their feet, experienced a reduced intensity of hot flashes. [12] The oil works two-fold, as a tonic and an antidepressant. It has been traditionally used to stabilize hormonal levels during menopause through its action on the adrenal cortex.

Skin Care
If you are looking for a natural skin cleanser and tonic, opt for geranium essential oil. It can be used directly on the skin or added to your bathwater. It helps tighten and tone the skin and keeps it blemish-free.

Hair Care

Geranium promotes hair growth because it regulates the secretion of sebum on the scalp. The essential oil can be added to either, carrier oils or shampoo. This helps give the hair a smooth sheen and a lovely, mild rose aroma.