Geranium

Latin Name

Pelargonium graveolens

Family

Geraniaceae

Chemotype

Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool

Distilled Component

Leaves

Traditionally Known Properties

Cicatrizant. Antibacterial. Antifungal. Haemostatic. Analgesic. Anti-inflammatory. Tonic and astringent for the skin (cosmetic). Stimulates lymphatic and venous circulation. Antispasmodic, relaxant. Repels insects when diffused into the air.

Precautions

Avoid during the first 3 months of pregnancy.

Anecdote

The botanical name "Pelargonium" comes from the Greek pelargós (πελαργός), meaning stork. Indeed, the shape of the fruit evokes the beak of this wader. In Southern India, one can purchase fragrant geranium leaves to offer at poojas (religious ceremonies).