In the garden:
Scented Pelargoniums became popular when the French perfume industry realized their aromatic potential in 1847. Most pelargoniums originate from the Cape region in South Africa.
• Perennial, Evergreen, Frost tolerant.
• Height: ±80cmm; Spread: ±80cm.
• Full sun; Well drained, composted soil.
• Plant it along walkways where it is easy to reach and brushed against to release the scent.
• Pick fresh leaves throughout the year.
• Citronella: Mosquitoes.
• Use fresh flowers in salads and for garnishing.
• Place leaves under baked apples or cakes to impart flavour.
• Leaves may be infused to make tea, and used fresh to flavour desserts, punch, and vinegar.
• Leaves give flavour to pâté, jellies, desserts, cakes, punches, and coffee.
• Fresh leaves are used to flavour tea, desserts, jellies, and chocolate cakes.
• Use in potpourris, herb pillows.
• Citronella geranium: Lemon-scented leaves.
• Lady Plymouth: Minty, rose-lemon scent.
• Nutmeg geranium: Aromatic, with a spicy, pine-like scent.
• Peppermint geranium: Strong peppermint scent.
• Infuse leaves as a mild astringent to clean and help circulation of pale, sluggish complexions.
• Add to bathtwater to sooth the skin.
Scented Geranium may be beneficial in the following cases:
Musculo / Skeletal System
Nutmeg: Externally as a rub for aching feet or legs (fresh leaves).
Peppermint: As a poultice for bruises and sprains,
Preparation and dosage:
• Fresh Leaves.