Why We Love Geranium!
Ahh geranium, now here’s a flower wrapped in nostalgia – taking many of us back to running up the path to Grandmas. The brightly coloured blooms, velvety leaves, and herbaceous green, citrusy scent hits the summer air with a hint of rose.
Historically, Geranium dates back further than Granny’s terrace. Native to South Africa, it reached Europe in the 17th century. Traditionally Geranium was planted around houses to ward off evil spirits – seeing the vibrant blooms spilling joyfully out of window boxes all over Europe, now makes so much sense.
Cheerful, warm and uplifting. Geranium oil is popular in aromatherapy for its therapeutic benefits. Used to support anxiety, stress and tension, its uplifting qualities also lend itself to those suffering from depression and fatigue. Cognitively it helps with focus and is emotionally very balancing. The perfect aid for menopause.
A MODERN PERFUME INGREDIENT
Among the various Geranium varieties, it’s Pelargonium Graveolens which is most often used in aromatherapy and perfume. Its sharp and herbaceous green notes are accompanied by the sweetness of rose – which explains why it’s also referred to as ‘rose geranium’. Modern perfume applications see it used in fragrances by Aeseop and Diptyque.
HOW WE USE IT
We adore Geranium for its ability to dance gracefully between floral, herbal and citrus notes. No wonder it’s so emotionally balancing!
A joyful addition to natural perfume, some of our favourite scents to blend geranium with include; Cedarwood, Clary sage, a citrus such as Grapefruit, Mandarin, or Lime, or even a herbaceous Basil or Rosemary.