The benefits of rose geranium oil have been know for centuries. This significant plant has historically been used for digestive issues, menstrual complaints, fever, headaches, and tension. Rose geranium was even planted around homes as it was believed to keep evil spirits at bay!
The multi-tasking rose is also brilliant for our skin. Specifically rose geranium oil. While the plant produces lovely blush pink flowers with purple markings on their petals, rose geranium oil is made from the plant’s stalks and leaves. The oil is known to tighten skin thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles, heal superficial wounds, as well as removing dead skin cells which is why it is a wonderful toner (and why Sealuxe’s Rose + Seaweed Toner is one of our most popular products!).
Rose geranium, which belongs to the Pelargonium botanical family and is native to South Africa, is really the ultimate sensitive skin saver. It does wonders in treating acne-prone skin as well as boosting circulation. It is reputed to balance the skin’s natural oil production as well as reducing the appearance of varicose veins, cellulite, and dull skin. Studies even show that it promotes faster fading of scars and blemishes than if they were to be left on their own.
Adding a toner to your skincare regime such as Sealuxe’s Rose + Seaweed Toner is a good choice especially for those with sensitive skin (and for those who suffer from eczema and dermatitis) as it is free from nasties such as parabens, laureth sulfates, artificial colours and perfumes, silicones, and mineral oils. When your skin is already inflamed or irritated, it is so important to use products that are gentle and won’t cause further inflammation.
Interestingly, geranium oil is a safer and more effective ingredient for anti-inflammatory medication, according to this 2013 study. Geranium oil can reduce inflammation in the body and there are fewer side effects from this essential oil than chemically-based cholesterol and joint pain medications!
Did you know that Cleopatra, one of the ancient queens of Egypt, was said to have used it in her skincare regime? Shakespeare wrote about Cleopatra’s love of rose water (Antony and Cleopatra) and that the sails of her cedarwood ships were even scented with rose water.
“Purple the sails, and so perfumed, that the winds were lovesick with them…”