Geranium, also known as Cranesbills, is a genus of more than 400 species of flowering plants that range in size, shape and color. Geranium belongs to the Geraniaceae family and is found widely throughout the temperate regions of the world or in high tropical areas. Most of these species have fanciful, aromatic foliage and saucer-shaped, radially symmetric flowers with five separate petals. These eye-catching plants are one of the most popular plants today widely used in beds, borders and containers. They are easy to grow and will typically bloom from spring to autumn.
The name is derived from the Greek word “geranos”, meaning “crane”, in reference to the plants seeds which resemble the bird.
Geranium may represent friendship, happiness and positive emotions.
Interesting facts about Geranium:
Geranium is one of the most popular essential oils, used as far back in history as ancient Egyptian times, both because of its many therapeutic properties and its pleasant fragrance.
Geranium essential oil is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, decongestant, anxiolytic, relaxing and is both moisturizing and regenerative for the skin. It can be used to treat herpes, dry skin, menstrual and menopausal problems, breast congestion, cellulite and fluid retention.
Geraniums oil is also valuable in the perfume industry because of the nice floral scent.
The dried leaves can be used to make a pleasant-tasting herbal tea.