Friday, October 30, 2009

South African Rose Geranium

(Pelargonium capitatum x radens)
40% in Grape Seed Oil

Where I grew up scented geranium grew wild. This variety, Rose Geranium, is one of the most fragrant species and its oil is highly sought after in the perfume industry because it can be made to imitate more expensive rose oil.
But it has a power and strength of its own, being able to help focus the mind and calm the emotions. I find a few drops in a bowl of water over a candle can help my meditation experience be both peaceful and visionary.

In this base of grape seed oil, there is nothing more luxurious to me than a few drops rubbed in my palms and into my hair.

Known for being one of the few oils with the ability to both uplift and sedate, Rose geranium works wonderfully on the emotions. It is used in skin care remedies to help in the treatment of acne, bruises, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, lice, mosquito repellant, ringworm, ulcers, edema, poor circulation, stress and neuralgia. It has traditionally been considered as an astringent.

Rose Geranium Blends well with Angelica, Basil, Bergamot, Carrot seed, Cedarwood, Citronella, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lime, Neroli, Orange and Rosemary. History: The plants originated from South Africa as well as Reunion, Madagascar, Egypt and Morocco. They were introduced to Italy, Spain and France in the 17th century. In native Africa the herb teas was drunk to cure stomach upsets and the plants were grown to keep unwanted spirits at bay.

Cautions: Non-toxic, non-irritant and generally non-sensitizing, though it can cause sensitivity in some people and due to the fact that it balances the hormonal system, it should be avoided during pregnancy.

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