I chose to use the essential oils geranium Pelargonium graveolens and lavandin Lavandula intermedia for their therapeutic properties of stress relieving/emotional balancing and antiseptic uses. My goal was to make a blend that supports emotional wellness and is also a germ buster, especially with the cold and flu season currently underway.
Geranium P. graveolens’ active constituents include “25% citronellol, 18% geraniol, and 13% linalool, which are all monoterpenols with anti-infectious, vasoconstrictive, toning and overall sedative effects” (p. 144).
Cautions of this oil include it “should be avoided during pregnancy, may cause sensitivities in some individuals (a skin patch test should be conducted) and has GRAS status in the United States” (Petersen, 2016a, p. 148).
This oil can be used therapeutically to be an emotional stabilizer and as an antiseptic. I found a study that supports the use of this essential oil to help with hard to heal wounds. “The tested geranium oil was efficacious against Gram-negative pathogens responsible for problems with wound treatment” (Sienkiewicz, Poznańska-Kurowska, Kaszuba, & Kowalczyk, 2013).
The essential oil lavandin L. intermedia’s therapeutic properties include stress relieving and antimicrobial “against several strains of bacteria and yeasts” (Petersen, 2016a, p. 207).
The active constituents “contains the ester linalyl acetate, as well as linalool and camphor” (p. 205) which makes it antimicrobial. I found a study that supports the use of this essential oil for its antimicrobial effects.
“Linalool and rosmarinic acid, as the most abundant constituents found, are very likely major contributors to the observed antimicrobial effects. The results suggest that flowers of lavandin ‘Budrovka’ could serve as a rich source of natural terpene and polyphenol antimicrobial agents” (Blazekovic, Stanic, Pepeljnjak, & Vladimir-Knezevic, 2011).
Cautions for this oil are, it “may cause skin sensitivities or allergic reactions if the oil becomes oxidized and has GRAS status in the United States” (Petersen, 2016a, p. 208).
Blazekovic, B., Stanic, G., Pepeljnjak, S., & Vladimir-Knezevic, S. (2011). In Vitro antibacterial and Antifungal activity of Lavandula x intermedia Emeric ex Loisel. “Budrovka.” Molecules, 16(5), 4241–4253. doi:10.3390/molecules16054241. Retrieved from http://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/16/5/4241
Petersen, D. (2016a). Aroma 101 Introduction to Aromatherapy. Portland, Oregon: American College of Healthcare Sciences.
Sienkiewicz, M., Poznańska-Kurowska, K., Kaszuba, A., & Kowalczyk, E. (2013). The antibacterial activity of geranium oil against gram-negative bacteria isolated from difficult-to-heal wounds. Burns : journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries., 40(5), 1046–51. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24290961