This plant once enjoyed a great reputation. It has been particularly effective in hemorrhages and sore throats. It has been used with success in some erysipelatous affections, but the plant must be crushed and applied externally. It is also regarded as an excellent astringent, to be applied to the wound. Culpeper tells us: "It is under the dominion of Venus and is commended against the stone, and to stay blood, where or however flowing." Sweet-Leaved Geranium Herb Information *Note: Geranium Bourbon Pure Essential Oil is not to be taken internally. Pelargonium species originated in South Africa. Different varieties have different aromas: there is the lemon-scented P. crispum minor; apple-scented P. odoratissimum; oak-leaf-scented P. quercifolium; rose-scented P. graveolens and P. radens; nutmeg-scented P. fragrans; peppermint-scented P. tomentosum, and many others. The flowers have no smell. History Tradescant, the gardener of Charles I of England, "discovered" the plants, and grew a number of varieties in the royal greenhouses. One of the first to be brought to England was P. triste, which numbers among the few species that have scented flowers as well as foliage. Characteristics The plants have dark green, pale green, or green-and-cream variegated leaves, which may be deeply cut or frilled and may vary in size from ½ inch to 3 inches across. The five-petaled flowers are borne in clusters and are long-lived. Height varies considerably, and maybe between 12 and 36 inches. The stems are tough and woody. Growing Tips Pelargoniums are grown from tip cuttings taken under cover in spring and summer. They like a good well-drained soil, plenty of sun, and protection from cold. Grown indoors, they require plant food once a week to encourage full leaf growth. The plants should be cut back in winter to avoid becoming straggly. How to Use The fresh leaves may be infused in milk, cream, and syrups for desserts, sorbets, and ices; chopped into softened butter for sandwiches and cake fillings, and used extensively for garnishing. Use the flowers and leaves or the essential oils to add to healing and rejuvenating creams for oily and ageing skins. The essential oil is strongly floral and is used not only in skin preparations but in bath oils, massage creams, soaps, toilet waters, and perfumes and also as an insect repellent. Medicinally, the dried leaf is not used in Europe but in Africa certain species of Pelargonium are used to treat diarrhoea. Botanical Name: Pelargonium graveolens Extraction Method: Steam Distilled Color: Clear Consistency: Thin Perfumery Note: Middle Aroma Strength: Strong Aroma: Floral, fresh, sweet, with a fruity note. Use: Acne, cellulite, dull skin, lice, menopause, oily skin. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 57-65.] Constituents: Citronellol, Geraniol, Citronellyl Acetate, Geranyl Acetate, Linalyl Acetate, Beta-Caryophyllene [Shirley Price, The Aromatherapy Workbook (Hammersmith, London: Thorsons, 1993), 54-5.] Cautions: Use caution to avoid dermatitis in hypersensitive persons. Avoid during pregnancy. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 190.] Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand does not indicate any special precautions when using this oil. [Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 206.]
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