The skin is a semi permeable membrane and what we put on it has the ability to not only penetrate the skin but also to enter the blood stream. At LINNÉ we see that as an opportunity, not a threat, and use ingredients that are as kind to our internal organs as they are to our skin.
One such ingredient is Pelargonium graveolens essential oil. Within our formulations we use a varietal known as , or “rose geranium”. As the name indicates it has a beautiful rose like smell, and thus has had great importance in the perfume industry where both flowers and leaves are distilled for its scent. Beyond pleasing aromatics, this varietal further provides a host of medicinal attributes. A modern analysis listed the presence of over 50 organic compounds in the essential oil of P. graveolens and these compounds are responsible for the plants ability to act as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, astringent, vulnerary, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, detoxifier, and an overall tonic.
Additionally the aroma stimulates the brain’s adrenal cortex, which is responsible for balancing hormones in the body, thus allowing it to have a harmonizing effect on emotions, relieve stress and tension, reduce mood swings, and provide support to the female reproductive system. In addition to the above, Pelargonium possesses antispasmodic, anti-tumoral, and haemostatic qualities, all of which make it a powerful aid to the body’s nervous system and lymphatic/endocrine systems. Furthermore, owing to its antimicrobial properties and lovely scent, Geranium essential oil exits the body during perspiration and can therefore work as an effective natural deodorant. With so much value we just had to include it in the formulation of SCRUB, REPAIR, BALANCE and SMOOTH.