Hidden Secrets of Rose Geranium Oil & the Rose Geranium Plant

Soothing & Balancing

Rose Geranium

Botanical name (Latin): Pelargonium roseum
Plant family: Geraniaceae
Aroma profile: Rose Geranium Essential Oil smells floral, somewhat rosy and green. It is similar in aroma to Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens/Pelargonium asperum) but has a slightly more rosy fragrance.
Perfumery note: Medium
Essential oil extraction method: Steam distillation
Native region/origin
: South Africa
Growing habit: 1.2 meters tall and branches out into a bushy form 1 meter wide
Parts used: Leaves

Benefits of Rose Geranium Essential Oil

Used in aromatherapy applications, the sweet, floral, citrusy nuances of Rose Geranium Essential Oil’s earthy and herbaceous aroma are known to have a soothing sedative effect that promotes greater feelings of relaxation, emotional stability, and optimism. These balancing qualities make this oil’s crisp scent beneficial for those who may be suffering from fatigue, anxiety, restlessness, tension, and grief. Some users may find that this oil has an energizing effect instead. Whether sedative or energizing, it uplifts the mood and this property, along with the oil’s antiviral and antifungal activity, helps to not only strengthen immune function and maintain general well-being but to also soothe ailments of the respiratory system by eliminating bacterial infections. It is believed that by regulating hormones, Rose Geranium Oil helps to improve symptoms of menstruation and menopause. As a bonus, it helps to deodorize stale indoor environments as well as repel insects.

COSMETIC:Anti-inflammatory, Astringent, Balancing, Deodorant

ODOROUS:Balancing, Relaxant, Deodorant, Aphrodisiac, Uplifting

MEDICINAL:Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antifungal, Antispasmodic, Antiviral, Astringent, Balancing, Cicatrizant, Decongestant, Digestive, Emmenagogic, Vulnerary

History of Rose Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium is identified by the botanical name Pelargonium graveolens and Rose Geranium’s specific botanical name is Pelargonium graveolens var. roseum. Despite sharing virtually all the same qualities, Rose Geranium is the type most often preferred for its scent, as it is reputed to emit the strongest, most superior notes of Rose, the floral nuance that contributes to its uplifting effect on the mood.

Native to South Africa, Pelargoniums came to be known for having soothing effects on the skin, and thus became popular in traditional medicinal applications. Accordingly, they were used in remedies for burns and other topical ailments. For centuries, they were also largely used to soothe respiratory ailments, such as coughs and tuberculosis, as well as gastritis and dysentery. In the 17th century, after being introduced to European countries, it came to be commonly used as a protective medium around households, as it was believed to have shielding properties that could ward off evil spirits.

Over time, Pelargoniums – especially the lemon-, rose-, and peppermint-scented varieties – came to be used as flavoring agents in culinary applications. The Rose Geranium also became a popular ingredient in cosmetics as well as perfumery. In the perfume industry, both Geranium and Rose Geranium oils may be used as additives to help the scent of real Rose Essential Oil last longer, as they both exhibit the same aromatic properties.

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