Emotional And Energetic Properties Of Rose (Bourbon) Geranium Essential Oil
The uninitiated user could be excused for believing the internet hype that rose geranium is nothing more than a poor man’s rose oil. For indeed, just like rose, geranium has the most incredible hormonal balancing action, it nourishes dry skin and has an uplifting and relaxing nature…
But this essential oil is capable of so much more.
Rose geranium may be one of the most important essential oils in the aromatherapist’s toolbox. Vitally, it offers adrenal support in a century where we have too much to do but too little time.
Cortisol is anti-inflammatory in nature and helps to repair tissues and bring the body back into alignment after stress. Problems begin, when stress is prolonged, and cortisol seems to turn on its axis and then have an inflammatory effect on the system.
This long-term stress has a cataclysmic effect on health, raising blood pressure, blood sugar, affecting respiration and spreading inflammatory markers of disease right through the body.
It’s extremely important to learn to manage stress.
Aromatherapy is one of the key ways to override the bodies fight and flight reaction, by tricking it into feeling more relaxed than you actually are. Geranium is one of the best oils to use to achieve this.
This essential oil is really well equipped to help improve the emotional and physical body from the ravages of stress.
Geranium has an affinity with excess, however rather than just being a reductive essential oil, (as in reducing excess) we should always consider it to be balancing in nature.
Emotionally, we might think of excessive tears where we can’t stop crying. Or excessive worry, anxiety, or simply feeling things far too acutely. Robbi Zeck puts it beautifully, she says geranium “reduces extremes of stress, bringing you into rhythm, serenely aligning you to a new tempo.”
This nature of geranium for conditions of excess makes it an extraordinary oil for soothing children suffering from overstimulation. Somehow geranium seems to stroke down their aura, so they can assimilate it more readily.
Certainly, if a person exhibits characteristics where they hurt themselves or they strike out at others, as a defence against so much information flying at them, then geranium acts not only as a pacifying influence, but also an anchor to remind them they are in a safe place every time it happens.
It’s calming and structuring without being sedative, so is a wonderful oil to help them get through life generally, without making then feel sleepy.
Gabriel Mojay, in Aromatherapy for Healing The Spirit describes how geranium soothes: “Conveying a feeling of calm strength and security, geranium oil is beneficial for both chronic and acute anxiety.”
Spiritually it’s an excellent essential oil for the empath. If you’re the kind of person who picks up on negative emotions from other people, or who gives away energy to emotional parasites, then geranium seems to have a very levelling action. (Yarrow essential oil, too, is excellent in this situation.)
Physically, geranium relates balancing fluids, so with the skin we see it nourishing dryness but also its astringency clears away oiliness too.
Spiritually, geranium speaks to the balance between the physical and spiritual bodies. It seems to push spiritual energy through the astral making us feel more solid and stable. It’s as if when the astral energy subsides, we seem to lose our structure and feel more vulnerable, anxious, and melancholy.
You might imagine the surge of geranium energy like a waterjet pushing vitality through the spirit and filling the physical structure, making it feel more robust, more confident and more grounded, certainly more able to deal with the everyday challenges that face us.
You might match that to the fragility of pre- menstrual tension; how the world feels like it’s attacking you, everything is a conspiracy to annoy you, like everyone’s having a go….
Geranium surges that energy up through the physical body making you a more rigid structure for these attacks to simply run off you.
In particular, rose geranium is extraordinary for soothing worry.
Whilst you would not class geranium as a warming oil, per se, it certainly has an affinity for people who suffer from the cold. In some ways, it seems like this may be the same loss of internal energy, somehow.
Perhaps they go very cold when they’re tired or suffer from very cold hands and feet, both of those would be indicators to add a drop of geranium to the blend.