Geranium is a small, tender, South African perennial whose essential oil was not distilled until the nineteenth century. Since it acts as a veritable medicine cabinet and boasts a lovely scent, it became an instant hit. History Once known as ‘an herb of Venus, the goddess of love,’ its leaves and oil were used in sweetheart sachets and potions. Geranium was also seen as a protective herb by many ancient races, and used as a talisman to ward off evil snakes and spirits. It is also an insect repellent, and one that is certainly more aromatically pleasing than the commonly used citronella. Its main medicinal use in the past was the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery. Effects
- Antiseptic and astringent
- Stops bleeding
- Gently stimulates the adrenals and normalizes hormones
- Calms the mind, relaxes the body, and eases frustration and irritability
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