Geranium oil, with its roselike scent, is found in perfumes, body lotions and soaps. Besides its floral fragrance, geranium essential oil features many purported health benefits. Historically, people have used the oil to speed the healing of wounds and burns. Other believed benefits include anxiety easing, insect repelling and wound healing. Smelling the oil may help alleviate depression. Because of its astringent effect on the skin, some people use the oil to fight acne. You can also ingest geranium essential oil and it is sometimes used in baking.
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Things you need
- Geranium essential oil
Decide your use. If you will cook with the scented oil, choose a food grade carrier oil such as olive oil. Carrier oils are oils used in large quantities to dilute more concentrated oils. For cosmetic use, you might pick a more exotic oil such as kukui nut oil, used by early Hawaiians to treat burns and other skin problems.
Determine how much you want to spend on a carrier oil. Olive oil costs less than other more exotic oils. However, its scent may overpower that of the geranium essential oil.
Purchase a carrier oil and geranium essential oil. You can buy speciality oils online or in select health food stores. Common oils such as olive or grape seed can be found in most grocery stores.
Pour 1 cup of the carrier oil into a jar. Use a dark jar to keep light out and optimise the oil's shelf life.
Drip about 60 geranium essential oil drops into the carrier oil for cosmetic use. For food use, stick to about 20 or 30 drops.
Close the jar and gently shake. Smell the oil. If you want more of a geranium scent, drop more essential oil into the jar.
Tips and warnings
- Don't apply undiluted essential oil to your skin.
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