Zdravetz Essential Oil
While Living Libations’ Geranium Zdravtez essential oil is difficult to pronounce – it is a rare and unique aromatic that is brought to us by Bulgaria. “Zdravtez” is the Bulgarian word for “health” and this species is also known as big-root geranium and long-rooted cranesbill. This benevolent botanical with a wealth of balancing benefits, is not related to geranium – it is actually a completely different species of plant. This species of plant is also known as big-root geranium and long-rooted cranesbill, though it is not related at all to the common red-flowering geranium (Pelargonium). This means Zdravetz offers a truly unique set of soothing and clarifying qualities for the skin, scent and psyche.
Botanical Name: Geranium macrorrhizum
Extraction Method : Steam-distilled
Part of Plant Distilled:Leaves and rhizomes
Country of Origin : Bulgaria
Cultivation Method : Organic
Scent Description : Sweet and woodsy, with herbaceous green-floral notes and subtle whispers of spice.
Blends with : Frankincense, lavender, geranium, palmarosa, sandalwood, marjoram, vetiver, black spruce, pine, silver fir and ylang.
Uses : May be used in baths, diffusers and inhalers. Lovely in perfumes in colognes with its formidable fixative properties. Excellent for skincare serums – dilute to use with rosehips, sandalwood nut, tamanu, jojoba oils and add a dash of rose otto and immortelle. Lovely for bedtime baths and inhalations.
In skincare, Geranium Zdravetz is said to have a natural lightening effect on skin imbalances, such as hyperpigmentation – be sure to spot test before applying to a prominent area like the face.
Zdravetz is a fixative essential oil with a strong scent profile for perfumery. Because it is brimming with beneficial plant waxes and crystals, it becomes solid at room temperature (much like coconut oil, vanilla or rose otto essences). These waxes and crystals are an essential part of the plants benefits and help the oil maintain it’s long shelf life (7+ years!) and aromatic qualities. Take care to warm the oil before blending with another carrier oil. Once blended, Zdravetz will retain its liquid form.
“Zdravetz is a pale green or pale yellow oil, slightly viscous liquid, due to crystals that form below 32C. The scent is warm-fresh sweetly herbaceous, rosy woody and tenacious. It is mainly composed of sesquiterpenes, present in the region of 90 per cent, and around half of these are germacrone (Weiss 1997).” Jennifer Peace Rhind, Essential Oils: A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice
“[The oil] has strong, penetrative powers but a gentle Zdravetz odor with strong fixative properties. The remaining mass…consists of dark green solid matter containing mainly n-triacontane. It is fatty, tasteless, with a pleasant Zdravetz odor and possesses strong photoprotective properties.” Maria Lis-Balchin, ed. Geranium and Pelargonium: History of Nomenclature, Usage and Cultivation