The use of Geranium for fertility offers a wide range of benefits, especially in aspects of reproduction. Geranium extract, both tea and essential oils can help balance hormones, fight stress, and promote relaxation due to its high levels of antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Geranium has 3 major varieties with different countries of origin. It’s also known as Pelargonium graveolens and it is believed to originate from the ancient Egyptians , while some species are from South Africa, others are from China. It is among the species of plant with numerous medicinal values and is used in making remedies for several health conditions.
Major chemicals in Geranium
- Geranyl formate
Linalool — a compound known for its sedative, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antianxiety, antiepileptic, and analgesic properties.
Geranyl formate — have antifungal, hepatoprotective, and aromatic property.
Citronellol — possesses anti-fungal, sedative, antiviral, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticonvulsant properties.
Geraniol — Have antioxidant, antibacterial, antiseptic, and analgesic properties.
Varieties of Geranium essential oil
- Rose Geranium Organic Essential Oil — is indigenous to South Africa, and its botanical name is called Pelargonium roseum x asperum
- Geranium Organic Essential Oil — Originated from Egypt. Its botanical name is Pelargonium Graveolens / Pelargonium X asperum
- Geranium Essential Oil (Bourbon)— Originated from China. It has a botanical name known as Pelargonium graveolens L’Her.
5 ways to use Geranium for fertility
Here, we shall explore how to use Geranium essential oil for fertility, as well as how to use its extracts to make fertility-boosting tea.
1. Diffuse geranium essential oil
Add a few drops of geranium essential oil to a diffuser and let it diffuse in the room. Upon inhalation, it can help to balance hormones and promote relaxation, which can be beneficial for fertility.
2. Apply geranium essential oil topically
Mix a few drops of geranium essential oil with carrier oil, such as coconut oil or almond oil, and apply it to your lower abdomen. This can help to regulate menstrual cycles and promote fertility.
3. Add geranium essential oil to a bath
Add a few drops of geranium essential oil to a warm bath and soak for 20-30 minutes. This can help to reduce stress and promote relaxation, which can be beneficial for fertility.
4. Use geranium essential oil in a massage
Mix a few drops of geranium essential oil with a carrier oil (olive oil) and use it for a fertility massage. This can help to increase blood flow to the reproductive organs and promote fertility.
5. Drink geranium tea
Geranium tea is believed to have fertility benefits due to its high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It may help regulate hormones and improve reproductive health.
Geranium tea for fertility
To make geranium tea, you will need:
- 1 tablespoon of dried or fresh geranium leaves or flowers
- 1 cup of boiling water
- Honey or lemon (optional)
- Place the dried or fresh geranium leaves or flowers in a tea infuser or strainer.
- Boil 1 cup of water and pour it over the geranium leaves or flowers.
- Let the tea steep for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove the tea infuser or strainer and discard the geranium leaves or flowers.
- If desired, add honey or lemon to taste.
While geranium tea may help balance hormones and promote relaxation which is good for fertility. However, it is important to consult with a medical expert before using geranium tea for fertility purposes.
Fertility benefits of Geranium oil and leaves
Lowers inflammation in reproductive organs.
Some evidence suggests that adding a few drops of geranium essential oil in bathing water may help relieve certain inflammatory conditions. You should also know that inflammation of the reproductive organs is detrimental to fertility, as noted in a study [2, 3].
Interestingly, another study shows that Geranium essential oil extract has anti-inflammatory properties that can help fight these inflammations .
Also, one animal study reveal that the anti-inflammatory properties of Geranium extract may help treat certain conditions such as edema— swelling due to too much fluid trapped in the tissues .
Inhibit bacteria activities
Their evidence suggests that geranium essential oil possess antibacterial property , and hence may inhibit the activities of certain strains of bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus.
Bacterial infections are detrimental to fertility, and they may lower the chances of pregnancy if not treated.
However, a study  suggests essential oils from Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) may effectively disrupt the activities of certain bacteria and this will help in the fight against bacterial infections.
May strengthen the immune system
Antioxidants are essential for a strong and faster immune response. Also, a strong immune system promotes fertility by protecting sperm and eggs from oxidative damage.
However, in the fight against oxidative stress, our immune system uses more antioxidants in our body. When there are little or no antioxidants in the body, the immune becomes weak making us vulnerable to infections and diseases.
Interestingly, a chemical analysis of (Pelargonium graveolens) geranium leaf extract shows that it possesses antioxidants , cytotoxic, antimicrobial, metabolic, and cyclooxygenase enzymes inhibitory, and hypoglycemic properties.
This is why in traditional medicine, geranium leaves extract is widely used in treating certain conditions, like cardiovascular and dental diseases, it may also relieve respiratory problems and gastrointestinal disorders, and diabetes.
Thanks to aromatherapy using geranium essential oil, stress, anxiety, and depression which are detrimental to fertility  can be hindered by the calming effect of geranium essential oil when inhaled.
Thankfully, one animal study confirmed that geranium essential oil may promote relaxation  and improve mood. Therefore, proper application of this essential oil can be an effective remedy for stress.
Additionally, random clinical trials  on women in labor for the first time, show that the inhalation of geranium essential oil was able to restore calmness and reduce the anxiety related to first-stage labor.
Boosts estrogen secretion
Estrogen plays an important role in fertility and reproductive functions .
In males, estrogen plays an important role in male sexual and reproductive functions as noted below.
- Influences male sexual development
- Testis functions
- Spermatogenesis, etc .
Interestingly, aromatherapy using geranium essential oil has been proven to help stimulate estrogen secretion— a study finds .
This further proves that geranium essential oil is indeed valuable and may help women with low levels of estrogen. It may equally help relieve certain symptoms of menopause and perimenopause experienced by some women.
According to NAHA guidelines, essential oils shouldn’t be ingested.
Although research shows that little amount of geranium oil can sometimes be added to baked goods, however, it should not be ingested in large quantities because its impact is unknown.
Pregnant and nursing women shouldn’t use geranium essential oil without consulting medical experts.
Before using Geranium Oil on the skin, a skin test is recommended. For the skin test, dilute 4 drops of essential oil with carrier oil and apply a small amount to the insensitive part of your skin.
Geranium essential oil side effects
Geranium essential oil is safe for most people when used correctly. However, some may experience sensitization, rashes, and a burning sensation when applied undiluted.
It is therefore recommended that before you use geranium essential on the skin, dilute it with a carrier oil such as sesame oil, olive oil, coconut oil, etc.
The use of Geranium for fertility is summarized into two, which are essential oil and tea.
Geranium essential oil is believed to have properties that can stimulate estrogen secretion. Likewise, Geranium tea, and when applied correctly can induce relaxation and relief stress, increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, all of which contribute to improving our health and fertility.
It’s important to note that while geranium essential oil and tea may have some benefits for fertility, they should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment. If you are having fertility issues, it’s recommended that you speak with a health expert for guidance and support.
JC is passionate about finding the impact of foods (feeding habits) on human fertility and reproductive health and a way to improve fertility.