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Geranium

An Introduction
Commonly termed as cranesbills, Geranium includes more than 400 species of flowering annual, biennial, and perennial plants. These flowering plants are too pretty to be ignored by a gardener. Temperate climate suits this geranium plant and it is found throughout the temperate regions of the world and the mountains of the tropics, but mostly in the eastern part of the Mediterranean region. Renowned for their earthy, floral and minty odor, these pretty geranium flowers will grow in any soil. But water-logging will kill the plant. Some people confused these pretty geranium flowers with the indoor pelargoniums which are completely different.

Since these flowers can grow well in containers and window boxes, they act wonderfully ats an indoor plant. Geranium's other name "cranesbill" derives from the appearance of its seed-heads, which have the same shape as the bill of a crane. The species Geranium viscosissimum is considered to be protocarnivorous. These geranium plants are the most popular bedding and greenhouse plants.
 

Plant Description
A common flowering plant in the entire temperate region, Germanium is a common name for some members of the Geraniaceae, that includes around 422 species. Its botanical name is pelargonium graveolens. Due to their long and beak-shaped fruits, they are also known by the name of cranesbills. The plant has bears pink or purplish flowers with palmately divided leaves which are broadly circular in form. Their rose, pink to blue or white flowers have 5 petals. Another feature that differentiates this flowering plant from other plants is its drought resistance, the credit for which can be given to its semi succulent stems and leaves.

 

Geranium Essential Oil
An essential oil is extracted from the Geranium plant which contains diuretic and antispasmodic properties. The earthy, minty and floral odor of this aromatic oil provides a soothing and comfortable effect. Appearance wise, it is usually pale yellow or olive green. Talking about the health benefits of Geranium oil, it has proved to be extremely effective in curing Burns, Tonsillitis, Poor Circulation, Eczema and Rheumatism. Geranium is also used to increase circulation and for stress-related conditions. It also contains terpine which makes it an excellent insecticide. It works as a natural fleas and mosquito repeller.

Precautionary Note: Geranium should be avoided during pregnancy and not use at all with babies, and children of any age. Always test on a small area of skin for sensitivity.
 
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