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Geranium Oil for Skin Care

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Tara Thomas has been a writer and traveler since 1997. Her articles appear in various online publications. She also has experience authoring grant proposals for a Southern California marine science laboratory, which helped her develop a lifelong interest in environmentalism. Thomas has a Bachelor of Science in marine biology from California State University, Long Beach, and has worked as a mortgage consultant since 1998.
Geranium Oil for Skin Care
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Geranium oil is an essential oil distilled from the stem and leaves of the geranium plant, not to be confused with its close cousin, the rose geranium. Once prized by ancient Egyptians for its skin-enhancing qualities, geranium oil has made its way into a number of modern-day skincare products. Use the oil by itself to treat acne, eczema, cellulite, stretchmarks, scarring and dry skin.

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How to Apply

Apply geranium essential oil neat -- without a carrier oil -- by putting a few drops onto a cotton ball or swab and applying it directly to the affected area. The essential oil has numerous aromatherapeutic applications; add it to lotions, body oils, baths, and shampoos or conditioners. For acne sufferers, geranium oil has been shown to decrease sebum production and return the skin to a normal balance, while its wound-healing properties clear the skin of blemishes and acne scars. A few drops diluted in a shampoo help alleviate scalp woes, such as eczema or psoriasis, and a drop or two applied directly to a cold sore can speed up healing.

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