In celebration of the amazing botanicals and oils that infuse our blends and fill your bottles, we’re shining the spotlight on one special ingredient every month. Each flower, herb, carrier oil or essential oil has a very specific reason for being in your blossom jar product, and we’d like to share its unique story.
From medicinal properties to the ways they were used throughout history, we hope you’ll come to love and admire our natural ingredients as much as we do! This month: regenerating geranium.
Geranium (Pelargonium spp.)
A native of South Africa, the fragrant geranium was historically used for both love and war. A face mask containing geranium was favored in courtship rituals of the Zulu tribe, while the roots of the flower were superstitiously believed to ward off enemy bullets of the Xhosa warriors.
In the early 1600’s, naturalists and surgeons sailing around the Cape of Good Hope came upon geranium and brought the herb back to Europe. Calling it the ‘flower of enchantment,’ geranium soon adorned the gardens of English manors and cottage windowsills. Its lovely floral scent became known as the ‘poor man’s rose,” and the plant’s essential oils turned into a favorite of the French perfume industry. All the different species of the bloom later enraptured the Victorians, who gave meaning to geranium in their language of flowers using it to secretly convey emotions ranging from envy to friendship.
Early U.S. colonists brought seeds of geranium with them to the new land, using them as food flavoring. And when Thomas Jefferson was President, a small plot of land was exclusively devoted to the flower. But Native Americans were already using a cousin of geranium – Geranium maculatum – when the colonists first arrived for a range of gastrointestinal diseases, and soon various forms of the flower became remedies for ulcers, the relief of pain, the alleviation of female menstrual disorders, and to staunch hemorrhages.
As a medicinal herb, Geranium is particularly astringent. Full of tannins, it is great for wound repair, inflammation and regeneration of the skin. Its tonic properties can lift sagging skin and add a glow to dull complexions.
We love this herb so much that we mix geranium essential oil into blossom jar’s Dry and Sensitive face oils. These skin types require extra fortification and suppleness, and geranium’s ability to freshen skin tone and soothe lines make it a wonderful calming balm for parched, mature or compromised complexions.
Here’s to celebrating Mother Nature in each and every bottle of blossom jar!