I have felt that bond with you my fragrant friend.
You showed me loyalty when I felt most abandoned.
You gave me love when I felt lost.
Geranium, enduring and true,
steadily you ushered me back into delight.
Into the light.
As a native South African, the geranium plant, which is also native to Southern Africa, calls from a familiar place. A relationship with roots, something to be trusted and aligned with. This is the quality of this diverse and powerful aromatic plant medicine for healing the broken heart. Loyal, enduring, safe, reliable, dependable, trustworthy, loving, sweet, generous, stable, with uplifting spiritual energy.
THE HEALING HEART OIL
I have prescribed essential oil of Rose Geranium (pelargonium roseum) to many of my clients and students as a tonic to the nervous system. Specifically as an aromatic doctor for helping with erratic moods and chronic depression. Geranium has a distinct effect on the nervous system. Remarkably it is both sedative and stimulating, depending on the individual needs. Just a simple hand-palm inhalation or infusion of the oil into the environment through a diffuser or in a massage oil blend can bring relief from mood swings, anxiety, depression, grief, and emotional imbalances.
Of course as with any healing practice, this needs to be used consistently until one feels the results and notices positive change. There is no magic bullet but just one lingering inhalation of this sweet floral scent and it seems that suddenly the world feels like a more beautiful, mystical, and manageable place.
BEAUTIFUL SKIN – THE ELIXIR OF YOUTH
I don’t say this lightly, the elixir of youth….
I personally have experienced the miracle of geranium. Not only to sustainably uplift my mood and keep me on a fragrant steady footing but also for my skin. Over the last several years my Pitta skin has literally become the receiver of many compliments. I attribute that to the Tridoshic oil I have been using with geranium as one of the key ingredients. Geranium is a mild yet effective skin beautifier. i.e. reduces wrinkles, hydrates ad refreshes the skin. It is astringent and antibacterial so excellent to heal and soothe eczema, burns, herpes, blemishes, bites and acne. Geranium regulates sebaceous gland activity and secretion of sebum making it beneficial for all skin types. Also famous for healing wounds and rejuvenating skin cells.
SKIN BEAUTY TIP: Take one tsp coconut, apricot, or jojoba oil, add 4 drops geranium EO and 10 drops rose water. Blend together.
Massage into skin with upward strokes. Wring out a steaming hot facecloth and gently place over entire face. Hold and take a deep inhalaaaaation very lightly pressing the cloth on the skin. Remove cloth leaving a fine trace of the oil blend on skin. You can do this in the morning or before bed.
GERANIUM FOR YOU GODDESSES
This floral beauty gifts miracles to women. As a powerful medicine for stimulating the adrenal cortex, geranium helps regulate hormonal balance and rejuvenates the female system. A rejuvenating essence for the shukra dhatu or reproductive tissue as well as a tonic for the ovaries and uterus. This plant essence has an affinity to the water element of the moon and helps to normalize the menstrual cycle, as well as easing symptoms of menopause and PMS. Use in a bath oil, as a compress, hand-palm inhalation, in a diffuser. You can safely infuse your environment daily with this exquisite healing oil for women.
… and tastes amazingly ambrosial in cocoa Goddess brownies!
Talking of Goddesses….I was sitting here writing this fragrant blog on one of my favorite topics (geranium being one of my top 10 fave oils) when suddenly I had the unstoppable desire to bake something with this gorgeous oil. I literally flew to the kitchen and checked out what I had in my cupboards. Yes! I had all the ingredients to make my favorite Goddess Chocolate Brownies. Vegan (not that I am one, but there are no eggs or dairy in this beloved recipe), easy, unbelievably delicious, Honestly my beautiful friends, I whipped this up in a jiffy with the shakti of ten Goddesses. VOILA! Goddess Rose-Geranium Chocolate Brownies.
EXQUISITE. BLISSFUL. UPLIFTING. AROMATIC. OMG MY HAPPY PLACE.
(this delicious recipe below)
NOTE: Do not ingest essential oils for therapeutic purposes. This is a specialized practice best prescribed by a licensed medical aromatherapist or healthcare practitioner.
When Baking and cooking with essential oils use organic only. Essential oils should be added in minute ratios to a carrier of an emulsifying oil or fat. (ghee, olive or coconut oil, etc.)
In my previous blog I introduced the AromaDosha Blueprint™ for Tridosha. Geranium is listed as one of the primary plant essences for (uplifting and soothing) the HEART or emotions. As it is a self-love tonic that boosts the female system and a warm embrace to heal the heart, it is a powerful daily tool for experiencing emotional peace and equanimity.
Geranium is an accessible and uplifting addition to your personal Ayurvedic lifestyle. If you desire a manageable self-care plan that is intentional, and easy to implement and will erase unhelpful habits and patterns accumulated over the years you will love discovering how Geranium fits into your AromaDosha Blueprint™
Start out simple and experience encouraging sustainable shifts in your vitality and wellness. Last week we took a good look at Turmeric and this week we explore Geranium. As we continue to add super-substances that we can include, we start to see major shifts and huge outbursts of BLISS. Mostly we start to experience elevated consciousness about our inter-relationship to the plant wold and all of nature.
As you build your practice you will detoxify from foods and substances that are not serving you and welcome in the aromatic plant foods and essences that can change your experience of what vitality really means. One small and fragrant step at a time.
We passionately invite you to please share this aromatic blog with those you think will benefit. We would LOVE to hear your thoughts and questions or experiences with Geranium in the comments below.
Aromatic Thanks! With Fragrant Blessings,
Glynn and Mel
Goddess Rose-Geranium Chocolate Brownies
All organic ingredients.
1 cup spelt or unbleached white flour
(can also substitute a gluten-free flour blend)
1/3 cup raw cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup raw cane sugar or coconut sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup coconut water (You can substitute coconut milk to make it extra creamy)
1/2 cup melted ghee or melted coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 TBSP lemon juice
12 drops rose-geranium oil.
Method: Mix dry ingredients, sifting. Mix wet ingredients separately (add essential oil). Blend wet into dry and spread on a greased 8”X 8” baking dish.
Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees.
Take out of oven and place on a metal cooling rack.
After removing from oven on a fine grater, grate 2 squares of dark chocolate over entire top so it melts in.
Once cool sift half very finely crushed rose petals and half icing sugar.
Decorate with edible flowers.