The Geranium is a plant that is indigenous to South Africa and has been used to great effect in that country for treating a number of different ailments. This is a great plant to have in the garden.
You do need to be careful which geranium you choose though, the Rose Scented Geranium is the only variety that is edible. If you can lay your hands on it, it makes a great soothing tea.
This tea can be drunk to calm nerves or applied to the face as a toning lotion. Use the leaves to delicately scent and nourish wooden furniture and to chase off insects.
For skin care, the geranium is amazing. It helps balance the hormones, acts as an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory and is also deeply nourishing.
This makes it invaluable in treating troubled skin conditions like acne, excema, psoriasis, etc. It even helps reverse sun damage.
To use it is very simple – you will get the best benefits using the essential oil but you can, alternatively make your own night cream.
For the best results, try the following: Take 1 cup of aqeuous cream and a half a cup of rose-scented geranium leaves and flowers.
Chop them up a bit and then add both to a double boiler. Boil, with the lid on, for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain and add 15 drops geranium oil.
Blend well. If you want to, you can add about 10 drops of Sandalwood oil to act as a fixative. Store cream in a cool place and use every night.
This cream is great for your acne but can also be used to treat minor cuts and rashes as well – or even as an insect bite remedy. You decide.
If you cannot lay your hands on the fresh herb, simply add the oils to the cream and blend well – there is then no need to heat the mixture at all. Apply every night before bed.
As with all natural remedies for acne, there are some safety tips – be sure not to exceed the recommended amount of oil and mix well with the cream – applied neat to the skin, it can burn it.