Geranium

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers, leaves.

Edible Uses: Condiment; Tea.

Scented geraniums have some culinary uses: they are used in teas, biscuits, jellies (especially apple and blackberry,) custards, sugars, sorbets and vinegars. Try placing rose or lemon scented geranium leaves on the bottom of a greased cake pan before pouring in the batter. After baking the leaves should be discarded. Place leaves under baked apples and, for an elegant decoration, candy the leaves or flowers. Flowers - raw. Added to salads. The leaves are rose-scented and are used as a flavouring in desserts, jellies, vinegars etc. The fresh leaves are brewed into a tea.

 

Medicinal Uses

Astringent, diuretic, antiinflammatory, antiseptic, aromatherapy, cancer, sedative.

Has been used as astringents and in poultices, headache remedies and to treat dysentery. The essential oil of rose geranium has been used in preparations to treat lice, ringworm and shingles. In the field of aromatherapy, rose scented geranium leaves in steams and creams are reputed to have "anti-aging" effects.

An aromatic, rose-scented herb, the whole plant has relaxant, anti-depressant and antiseptic effects, reduces inflammation and controls bleeding. All parts of the plant are astringent. It is used internally in the treatment of pre-menstrual and menopausal problems, nausea, tonsillitis and poor circulation. Externally, it is used to treat acne, haemorrhoids, eczema, bruises, ringworm and lice. The leaves can be used fresh at any time of the year. The essential oil from the leaves is used in aromatherapy and is also applied locally to cervical cancer.

Caution: The essential oil of any of the scented geraniums can cause contact dermatitis in sensitive people.The sap and leaves may occasionally aggravate skin allergies.

Other Uses

Essential.

An essential oil is obtained from the plant, it has an orange-rose fragrance. This plant is the main constituent of geranium oil, which is used extensively in aromatherapy, skin care and as a food flavouring. The leaves are used in pot-pourri. Some of the essential oils are used in the perfume industry, especially in men's colognes and citronella, a lemon scented chemical found in some varieties, has been used as an insect repellent.