Geranium Beats Diabetes

rose geraniumHere in our office we are starting the year with rosy-scented geranium. This oil is a hard worker – it aids winter skin, balances moods, kills viruses, adds a rose scent to perfume, and more.

When I grab a bottle of geranium essential oil, it is usually for attributes described as ‘balancing’ – it balances moods (every day and during PMS), hormones (in men and women), and skin (from oily to dry). I also use it in perfume for a rose note. Now recent research shows that it can help regulate blood sugar in diabetics.

A study done in 2012 compared geranium essential oil (Pelargonium graveolens) to an anti-diabetic medicine. The results showed that the hypoglycemic effect of P. graveolens was significantly more effective than that of the medicine. The researchers concluded that geranium essential oil “may be helpful in the prevention of diabetic complications associated with oxidative stress (suggesting that it) could be used as a safe alternative antihyperglycemic drug for diabetic patients.” Wouldn’t it be nice if diabetics could control their blood sugar with geranium perfume?

Geranium is useful for non-diabetics, too. It has anti-anxiety, stress-reducing, and antidepressant qualities, as well as being an insect repellant, cell regenerator, and herpes fighter. For dealing with herpes, apply a drop of this blend with a cotton ball at the first sign of tingling:
Herpes Lip Soother
15 drops geranium
10 drops lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
1 teaspoon aloe vera gel