Latin Name: Pelargonium graveolens
Plant Family: Geraniaceae
A perennial hairy shrub growing up to 1 metre high. It has pointed leaves with serrated edges and small pink flowers. The whole plant is aromatic and is native to South Africa but is widely cultivated in Russia, Egypt, Japan, Central America and Europe. There are over 700 varieties of cultivated Geranium.
Hydrolats, aromatic waters produced by steam distillation of botanical materials during the production of essential oils. Hydrolats are gentle and effective, containing only the most water-soluble chemicals from the plant material, also microscopic drops of the essential oils.
Beneficial for skincare; balancing for all skin types; add to lotions and potions or neat for general health; mildly anti-inflammatory; promotes healing; helps cuts and bruises; combats calluses.
Skin Treatments Use hydrolats as cleansers, toners, to make masks and for facial spritzers. Either use 50/50 with purified water or undiluted.
Room Refreshers Spray liberally around pets, cooking areas, bedrooms and other areas of your environment. Particularly useful in the office to help prevent the spread of disease.
Mouthwash and Gargle Dilute 1:10 for children and 1:4 for adults for gargles and mouthwashes to help strengthen gums, freshen breath, relieve sore throats, ulcers, thrush and toothache.
Health Drink To help promote a healthy, balanced body, dilute 200mls of hydrolat into 1 litre of water and drink throughout the day.
Baths Add up to 100mls to an adult bath and 50mls to a child’s bath. Hydrolats can also be used in sitz baths.
Compress Soak a cloth in hydrosol and compress to the area being treated. For a hot compress use a cold cloth and for hot, use a hot cloth. Wrap up the area with plastic film and leave for 30 minutes.