There are actually two main different groups of plants that make up the Geranium family: true Geraniums and Pelargoniums. True Geraniums are the types of Geranium flowers that decorate gardens and houses. They do not produce enough essential oils and are not used for extraction and steam distillation. Pelargonium Geraniums produce more essential oils and are used by food, beverage, perfumes and cosmetics industries for their bright and vibrant fragrance.
In the category of Pelargonium Geraniums, there is a rare subcategory called Pelargonium Graveolens, or “Scented Geraniums”. Why this name? Because they have the reputation to emit strongest, more delicious and complex scent. That is what our essential oil is, a Pelargonium Graveolens var. Roseum, a Rose Scented Geranium, coming directly from South Africa where this variety is from.
A bit of History
In Africa, Geraniums are well known for their medicinal uses. For thousands of years, they were used to treat surface wounds on the skin like burns and scratches. They have also been used to soothe various respiratory symptoms.
Once Geraniums were introduced to Europe in the 17th century, they became known as a home protector. People of old Europe would hang Geraniums in their homes to keep evil spirits away and to fill their spaces with fresh, floral and fruity scents. Today, this very same flower serves as a wonderful home and garden decoration, but also in a large variety of ways in our every day’s life.
Many uses can be made from Rose Geranium essential oil. We recommend it mainly for skin repair and soothing skin disorders, wounds, burns and scratches. It also has great effects in relaxing body and mind and eliminating the effects of stress.
Skin protection and repair
Rose Geranium has the reputation for repairing the skin and cicatrizing wounds, burns and scars. The high content of citronellol and geraniol in the Rose Scented Geranium essential oil brings strong anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antifungal properties. It helps to fight wounds and scars infections and to regenerate the skin by stimulating skin tissues. Rose geranium oil also promotes blood flow and circulation for a faster healing.
A great way to repair and fade scar tissues is to add 2 drops of Rose Geranium essential oil to 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and to massage the damaged skin.
Rose geranium essential oil also has the ability to soothe the skin and improve its quality by providing a natural, oil-free balance. It influences the skin oil production to naturally get the right balance between oily and dry skin. It also works to smooth enlarged pores and eliminate harmful bacteria.
Rose geranium essential oil is used in perfumes for its great scent. It adds a very nice smell to homemade lotions and cosmetics. Adding few drops in a daily facial cream helps to soothe and control oily skin and give a nice rosy scent.
Rose Geranium oil is also used as an excellent relaxing scent that can bring pure comfort and relaxation over even on the most stressed out person. The sedative property of the citronellol helps promote greater feeling of relaxation and calmness. It has effects on mental and physiological level which makes it great for reducing anxiety and relieving stress.
Rose Geranium Essential Oil reacts with our body in a way that it promotes blood flow and circulation, allowing all areas of our body to receive oxygen-rich blood. From there, the natural herbaceous aroma works to soothe the mind, body, and soul with every whiff. Those who are familiar with Rose Geranium Essential Oil often point out the newfound level of comfort and optimism that they’ve gained after applying the essential oil on their skin or within a space.
Add a few drops to your bath water, especially when mixed with lavender, helps promote body and mind relaxation for a wholly calming and uplifting bath experience. Inhaling 2 drops directly from your hand palms helps for a quick relaxation in case of stress or anxiety.
Chemical composition of the Rose Geranium essential oil
Rose Geranium oil has numerous compounds known for their fragnace (Citronellol, Geraniol, etc.):
_ Citronellyl formate
_ Geranyl formate
The best way to use the Rose Geranium essential oil is topically. For massage, add 5 to 10 drops to a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or almond oil.
You can also apply 1 or 2 drops directly to your palms and inhale.
For a diffusion use, add 3 to 5 drops in a diffuser.
Do not absorb this essential oil orally.
Rose Geranium essential oil mixes very well with citruses, clary sage, lavender, rosemary and basil essential oils.
Botanical Name: Pelargonium Graveolens var. Roseum
Common names: Rose Geranium, Rose Scented Geranium, Sweet scented geranium, Old fashion rose geranium
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Country of origin: South Africa
Botanical family: Geraniaceae
Plant part used: Aerial parts
Scent: Rose, Floral, Lemony
Use geranium oil with caution if you have high blood pressure or are at risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Essential oils are concentrated and should be used with caution. Keep out of reach of children.
Avoid contact with the eyes.
Rose Geranium essential oil can be irritant for some skin. Please, test the essential oil for allergic reaction.
Do not ingest. Rose Geranium essential oil should not be taken internally unless recommended and supervised by someone who is qualified.
Do not use if pregnant, nursing, elderly and for children under 7 years of age. If suffering from any medical condition, consult a healthcare practitioner before using.
Do feel free to ask for further information and applications.
DISCLAIMER: Essential oils are not meant to cure diseases and illnesses. They may ease some health problems and bring comfort. We suggest you consult a physician and do your own research for each essential oil that interests you.
To get more safety information, read our article about the risks of using essential oils.