Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) is a perennial shrub that is native to South Africa. Its fragrant, rose-like aroma and attractive, pink or lavender flowers are well-known. People use the fragrant leaves of the plant to make essential oil. The Greek word “Pelargos,” meaning “stork,” inspired the botanical name “Pelargonium” because of the shape of the plant’s seed capsule, while “graveolens” in Latin means “strong-smelling.”
Rose Geranium essential oil is extracted from the leaves and stalks of the plant through steam distillation. A versatile oil, which finds wide applications in aromatherapy, perfumery, and natural medicine. People commonly use the oil, which has a floral and rose-like aroma. To promote emotional balance, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve the appearance of the skin. It can be inhaled directly, added to a diffuser, or diluted with a carrier oil and applied topically to the skin.
Botanical Name : Pelargonium graveolens
CAS# : 8000-46-2
Origin : South Africa
Method of Extraction : Steam Distillation
Source : Leaves and Stem
Solubility : Soluble in alcohol and oils
Color & Odor : Colorless to slight green in colour and has rosy and sweet scent
Constituents : Citronellol, geraniol, citronellyl formate, geranyl tiglate, and linalool
Specific Gravity : 0.8869 @ 72°F
Flash Point : 85° C
Optical Rotation : -14° C ~ -7.0° C.
Major Constituents : citronellol, geraniol and citronellyl formate
Rose Geranium essential oil has a wide range of applications and benefits, some of the most notable include:
- Aromatherapy: The floral and rose-like aroma of Rose Geranium essential oil makes it a popular choice for aromatherapy. Inhaling the oil or adding it to a diffuser can help to promote emotional balance, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve mood.
- Skincare: Rose Geranium essential oil is known for its rejuvenating and hydrating properties. It can be used to improve the appearance of the skin, especially mature or dull-looking skin. It also can help to balance oily skin, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
- Hair care: Rose Geranium essential oil can be used to strengthen hair and promote hair growth.
- Natural remedy: Rose Geranium essential oil is often used as a natural remedy to improve circulation, relieve muscle and joint pain, and alleviate menstrual discomfort.
- Perfumery: Rose Geranium essential oil is commonly used in perfumery due to its floral and rose-like aroma.
- Cleaning: The oil is also a natural cleaner, it can be added to laundry, dishwasher and other cleaning solutions to leave a fresh and calming scent in the surroundings.
- Natural insect repellent: Rose Geranium essential oil has natural insect-repellent properties which makes it a good option to use as a natural bug spray.
It’s important to note that Rose Geranium essential oil should be used in moderation and always be diluted before using it topically, as it can cause skin irritation in some people. Always check for the authenticity and purity of the oil before using it.