Sarah McCallum
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April 10, 2014
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Geranium oil soothes heart and soul

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — A majority of the time, people come in for a treatment wanting some sort of relief from tired and overworked muscle pain.

The use of certain essential oils can be very powerful at easing the discomfort associated with fatigue.

On the other hand, there are a variety of essential oils that help ease trauma associated with emotions. One of my favorite oils for emotional work is that of the species pelargonium, better known as geranium. This floral oil has an amazingly positive effect on the heart.

It can be helpful when trying to increase warmth throughout the body and has been known as the “emotional healer” of the essential oil world.

Geranium is gentle enough for babies and children making it a wonderful addition to the birthing room or nursery. Many times people underestimate the powerful transitions that occur during those early years of our lives. Many things that mark a person for life happen during their first eight years on this planet.

Using geranium can help heal childhood issues while calming the body and mind.

The essential oil of geranium has been known to aid women dealing with endometriosis or severe menopausal symptoms. It is also very helpful in the treatment of throat infections, diabetes, blood issues and insomnia.

Geranium has a balancing effect on the emotions and helps to open the heart chakra. It is astringent, antiseptic and sedative in nature. This oil is also healing to the liver so make sure to add it into a

detoxification routine.

As a female and a mother I find this oil to be indispensable. At the very most, I can use it to help clean my body and support organs like my heart and my liver. At the very least, a few drops of geranium oil on the face can really improve that radiant glow we strive for in the morning.

If you’re interested in cooking with geranium, look for Certified Therapeutic Grade essential oils.

I fell upon a recipe that sounds quite amazing so I figured I’d let you all test it out and get back to me. Happy spring!

GERANIUM CREAM

1 cup of heavy cream

4 tablespoons sugar

8 ounces of cream cheese or crème fraiche

4 drops of Geranium essential oil

Heat the cream, sugar and geranium oil in a pan on the stove top until hot, but not boiling, and the sugar has dissolved, remove. Once cooled you can beat in the cream cheese … enjoy topped on fruit or cakes/cookies!

Sarah McCallum is a massage therapist at North Lake Massage & Skin Care.


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