Southern Africa is the home to Geranium, a soft flower with elliptical purple petals with deep violet flecks towards the inner part of the flower. It originated in Africa and then cultivated for centuries in Europe and Asia. Later cultivations include different colors, shapes, and petals. Geranium’s healing power and fragrant aroma delight everyone it meets. Europeans brought geraniums to the continent in the 1600s, and they quickly became a symbol of wealth and beauty. 

One of many uses for Geranium is creating unique fragrance. Geranium’s scent is similar to rose, but there’s a hint of lemon within. The scent’s lack of powder is why many high-end perfumes use it in their creation. The ile-Bourbon Geranium’s scent is most prized because its rosiness includes fruity and minty notes.

The culinary world uses Geraniums to flavor desserts. Victorian rose cake, pound cake, and all types of fruit jellies use Geranium flavoring. Just as lemon is part of the scent profile of Geranium, the sweetness of the flower’s extract enhances lemonade.

For centuries, there’s been prolific use of Geranium for healing. Geranium has anti-inflammatory properties. It heals skin infections and reduces acne when applied to the skin. Geranium also helps ward- off the effects of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Inflammation is reduced with the use of Geranium. It also works to relieve the stress of anxiety, lifts people out of depression, and helps people cope with the pervasive pain of shingles.

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