Ingredient Spotlight: Geranium

Winter Balm is filled with powerful botanicals to shield and soothe your skin from windburn and chapping. One of these powerhouses is Geranium Oil, Pelargonium graveolens. This essential oil has been used since Ancient Eqypt for it's anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and healing benefits.

What is it?

The geranium plant is a flowering shrub with flowers ranging in color from white to bright pink and is originally native to Africa. It's scientific name, Pelarogonium graveolens comes the Greek pelargos which means stork due to it's stork-billed shaped fruit. The oil is actually distilled not from the flowers of the geranium plant, but rather the fuzzy green leaves and stems. Geranium oil is considered nontoxic, nonirritant and generally non-sensitizing.

What does it do?

The compounds in geranium oil have anti-inflammatory, cicatrisant (skin-healing), antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It's been used since ancient times in herbal remedies for treating wounds, cuts and injuries. It can help speed up the healing process of inflammatory skin ailments like frostbite and windburn. In addition, it contains fatty acids which help build healthy skin cells and contribute to overall skin resiliency (important for anyone spending lots of time outside in the winter).

Learn more about the high performance botanicals in Winter Balm here.