Our rose geranium essential oil is extracted from the plant Pelargonium graveolens of the Geraniaceae family and has a rosier smell than that of its cousin – Pelargonium odorantissimum, which is more the commonly known geranium essential oil and has a more wild “lemon-apple” smell.
If the oil is made from the leaves when they start turning yellow it has a stronger rose aroma then the younger, greener leaves. Some imitation rose geranium oil is made from the cheaper P. odorantissimum oil while distilling it over rose, to produce a mock-rose geranium oil. Our oil is however the genuine essential oil of Pelargonium graveolens.
This crisp and rosy essential oil stimulates the adrenal cortex and helps to balance the nervous system, while lifting depression and relieving anxiety and has a regulatory effect on the hormonal system, clearing sluggish and oily skin, while assisting with healing.
It has a sweet and rosy smell with a mint overtone and is mostly colorless, but can have a slight light green color to it. It is watery in viscosity.
Origin of Rose geranium oil
The plants originated from South Africa as well as Reunion, Madagascar, Egypt and Morocco and were introduced to European countries such as Italy, Spain and France in the 17th century.
There are about 700 different varieties of the plant, yet only 10 supply essential oil in viable quantities, since the normal garden geranium produce far too little oil for extraction.
It is a hairy perennial shrub, often used in hedgerows, and stands up to about one meter high (3 feet) with pointed leaves, serrated at the edges. It has pinkish-white flowers. In early times geraniums were planted around the house to help keep evil sprits at bay
The leaves and stalks are used for extraction, and the oil is obtained through steam distillation.
The essential oil is composed of various chemical constituents and includes a-pinene, myrcene, limonene, menthone, linalool, geranyl acetate, citronellol, geraniol and geranyl butyrate.
Geranium oil is not indicated to cause any side effects, since it is non-toxic, non-irritant and generally non-sensitizing, yet can cause sensitivity in some people. Due to the fact that it balances the hormonal system, it might not be a good idea to use in pregnancy.
The therapeutic properties of geranium oil are antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, diuretic, deodorant, haemostatic, styptic, tonic, vermifuge and vulnerary.
Rose geranium oil has a balancing effect on the nervous system and relieves depression and anxiety, while lifting the spirits and making the world an easier place to live in. It has a balancing effect on the adrenal cortex and is great for relieving stress.
Its haemostatic nature helps the body systems to balance themselves and since the adrenal cortex is stimulated and balanced, the hormonal system of the body is also corrected and aligned. On the lymphatic system it has a greatly stimulating effect and with that helps with detoxifying the body and also affects female health in treating PMS as well as balancing vaginal secretion and heavy periods.
It has a general diuretic effect on the body and balances the water systems in the body, correcting any poor elimination of water and waste material. It is useful for treating jaundice, gall stones and can also be used for restraining nose bleeds and other hemorrhaging.
On the skin, rose geranium oil helps to balance the secretion of sebum and clears sluggish and oily skins, while the antiseptic and cicatrisant properties make this oil an effective aid to help with burns, wounds, ulcers and other skin problems.
This uplifting oil has a great all-over balancing effect and this extends to the skin – where it helps to create balance between oily and dry skin, keeping the skin supple and clearing congested skin and the emotions – where it helps to relieve feelings of stress and anxiety, and to balance the hormone system.
- Burners and vaporizers
- In vapor therapy rose geranium oil can be used to help relieve stress, mild depression, PMS, anxiety and tension, menopausal problems and for general energizing.
- Blended massage oil or in the bath
- Rose geranium oil can be used in blended massage oil, or diluted in a bath to assist with PMS, depression, stress, anxiety and tension, fluid retention, edema, eczema, shingles, cellulite, bruises, ringworm, hemorrhoids and menstrual irregularities.
- Cream or lotion
- As a constituent in a blended cream or lotion, rose geranium essential oil can be used for clearing sluggish and oily skin, as well as wound, burn and ulcer healing and has value to treat eczema, repelling insects, shingles, cellulite, ringworm, bruises and engorgement of the breasts.
- Rose geranium oil can also be diluted in shampoo to help with head lice.
Geranium oil blends well with
Although essential oils blend and mix well aroma-wise with one another, Geranium oil does go very well with other oils such as angelica, basil, bergamot, carrot seed, cedarwood, citronella, clary sage, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lime, neroli, orange and rosemary.
More information about Rose geranium Oil
Skin Care ~ excellent anti ageing properties ~ helps reduce wrinkles & sagging skin ~ excellent for dry, oily & combination skin ~ balances skin oils ~ helps to cleanse the skin ~ keeps skin soft & supple ~ helps sluggish & congested skin ~ ~ helps scars & spots to fade & diminish ~ excellent to even out skin tone ~ anti-inflammatory properties ~ improves overall health of skin ~ natural insect & mosquito repellent
Immune System ~ helps relieve headaches ~ speeds up healing process of cuts & wounds ~ recommended for treating burns, bruises, eczema, psoriasis, acne, shingles, fungal infections & skin conditions
Lymphatic System ~ helps stimulate this system ~ beneficial for treating cellulite, varicose veins, fluid retention, oedema of the ankles ~ diuretic properties ~ helps treat hemorrhoids
Nervous System ~ calms & relaxes mind ~ body ~ spirit ~ excellent to relieve stress, nervous tension, depression, anxiety & anger ~ sedative properties ~ uplifting on the nervous system ~ helps treat neuralgia ~ lessens fatigue & promotes emotional wellness
Reproductive System ~ regulates & balances hormonal problems ~ used to treat & relieve the effecta of PMS & menopause ~ regulates menstruation ~ treats breast engorgement
Respiratory System ~ treatment for tonsilitis, nose, throat & respiratory conditions
Urinary System ~ increases urination & helps remove toxins from the boy
Emotional ~ Spiritual ~ uplifts the spirits ~ brings joy & happiness ~ releases negative emotions & memories ~ helps diminish fears of abandonment, love & commitment ~ balancing & grounding ~ used for spiritual practice & meditation ~ connects to the intuition & wisdom of the heart
Blends well with ~ Amyris, Bay, Basil, Benzoin, Bergamot, Blood Orange, Cananga, Carrot Seed, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Citronella, Clary Sage, Copaiba, Fir Needle, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Grapefruit Pink, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon,Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle, Lemon Verbena, Lime, May Chang, Melissa, Neroli, Nutmeg, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Peru Balsam, Petitgrain, Rose, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sage, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang
Safety ~ non-toxic, non-irritating & non-sensitizing ~ not recommended during pregnancy & breast feeding