Rose-scented geranium, botanically known as geranium pelargonium, is an evergreen perennial plant. It is native to the southern part of Africa but has spread to other regions of the world due to its fame as a medicinal and ornamental plant.
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These plants have pinnate leaves on long stems. They produce beautiful, showy blossoms in lilac, pink, red, and white colors, featuring 5 petals.
Rose-scented geraniums have been used as herbal remedies for years. The parts of the plant that are commonly used for medicinal purposes are flowers and leaves. These aerial parts have aromatic essential oils with a sweet, aromatic flavor reminiscent of roses. The oil has emollient, antidepressant, relaxant, astringent and antiseptic effects.
To extract these essential oils from the plant, the flowers and leaves are harvested and crushed or chopped. The pulp is applied to the site of injury and discarded after a while.
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Apart from topical application, there is the option of making an infusion or tea from the flowers and leaves of the rose-scented geranium. To make the infusion, the crushed or chopped aerial parts of the plant are put in a pan with water and brought to a boil. Once the mixture boils, it is allowed to simmer for about 20 minutes.
Soothes and calms the nervous system
The rose-scented geranium oil is commonly used in aromatherapy where it is known to have sedative and uplifting effects. In some instances the oil is used as a deodorant or insect repellant.
The medicinal compounds of the oil can also be extracted via infusion or tea. Rose-scented geranium infusion is ideal for calming the nervous system, balancing the hormones and soothing frayed nerves.
In a fast world where stress levels are quite high, drinking a cup of the infusion or inhaling or bathing in water with rose-scented geranium oil will quickly lift up your mood, help in relieving stress and clear your foggy mind.
Rose-scented geranium oil has anti-inflammatory qualities which make it ideal for managing aches and pains brought on by migraines, injuries, and chronic conditions. Studies show that the infusion stimulates the release of endorphins which helps in relieving pain fast and effectively.
Ultimately, the rose-scented geranium is one of the few plants with both herbal and aesthetic value. It is definitely one of the flowering plants you should have in your home.