Geranium - Research
In one small study, topical geranium oil was found to aid in temporary relief of pain from sores.7
Sweet-scented geranium has been cultivated since the mid-19th century.4 Geranium essential oil is produced through steam distillation of the flowers, leaves and stalks.2 In folk medicine geranium oil has been used as a pain reliever, sedative, antimicrobial, antifungal and to relieve spasms.5 Geranium has also been used to help with nervous tension and symptoms of menopause. Other folk uses include treatment of wounds, fever reduction, hemorrhoids, gonorrhea,5 inflammation and diarrhea.2 It has also been used as an insect repellent.5
2 Lawless J. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy and Herbalism. Dorset, UK: Element Books, Ltd; 1995.
3 Tisserand RB. The Art of Aromatherapy. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press; 1977.
4 Davidson A. The Oxford Companion to Food. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 1999.
5 Lis-Balchin M. Geranium Oil. The International Journal of Aromatherapy. 1996;7(3):18-19.
6 Buckle J. Aromatherapy: What Is It? HerbalGram. 2003;57:50-56.
7 Greenway FL, Frome BM, Engels TM, McLellan A. Temporary relief of postherpetic neuralgia pain with topical geranium oil. Am J Med. November 2003;115(7):586-587.