Geranium Essential Oil

About the plant

Common Names Rose geranium, Sweet scented geranium, Rose-scent geranium
Latin Name Pelargonium graveolens, Pelargonium asperum
Botanical Family Geraniaceae
Plant Detail Geranium” includes more than 200 species but only 5 are used for essential oils. The plant can reach 1-meter high.
Native Region Madagascar, Reunion Island

About the Geranium Essential Oil

Essential Oil Name Geranium essential oil / Geranium bourbon essential oil
Origin Egypt / Zimbabwe South Africa Madagascar
Part Used Flowers / Leaves & flowers
Scent Minty
Extraction Method Steam distillation
Production 300kg of plant for 1 kg of EO*

*Faucon, M. Traité d’aromathérapie scientifique et médicale : fondements & aide à la prescription. (Sang de la terre, 2015).

Our expert Docteur Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about essential oils.

Thanks to a multitude of therapeutic properties as well as an intoxicating scent and beautiful appearance, Geranium Essential Oil is one of the most popular essential oils in aromatherapy.

Here’s all you need to know about how to include the balancing and soothing Geranium Oil in your daily rituals.

What is Geranium Essential Oil used for?

  • Lift: Thanks to its qualities as an astringent and all-round healer, Geranium Essential Oil is a highly effective anti-ageing ingredient. Not only does Geranium Oil tone and protect your skin, tightening your epidermis to reduce the appearance of fine lines, it also has potent cellular regeneration properties. With a revived epidermis, your complexion will look more youthful than ever.
  • Calm: Geranium oil is highly soothing when applied to your complexion. Used topically, its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties can purify and soothe your skin. “It even provides your skin with a dose of radiance”, says De Couic Marinier. Irritation can wreak havoc on your skin. Look to other Essential Oils such as Chamomile Oil [link to Decléor chamomile oil article when online] and Juniper Berry Oil [link to Decléor juniper berry oil article when online] to find the ultimate calming remedy to rejuvenate your skin.
  • Balance: Geranium Oil has powerful effects when it comes to balancing hormones, therefore also effectively regulating sebum production. Whether your skin leans dry or oily, it helps to regulate the moisture and oil levels in your epidermis to leave your skin re-balanced and rejuvenated.

Where does Geranium Essential Oil come from?

Deriving from the dry climes of Egypt, the Geranium plant is now grown around the world thanks to its use in medicine and cosmetics.

There is a huge variety of Geranium plant species, but Geranium Essential Oil is generally extracted from the leaves and stems through a process of steam distillation.

History of Geranium Essential Oil

  • Ward off negativity: Centuries ago, and still in some cultures today, Geraniums were placed around the house to keep evil spirits at bay.
  • Greek origins: The word ‘Geranium’ derives from the Greek geranos, which means ‘crane’; the bird whose beak inspired the name thanks to its similarity to the plant’s fruit.
  • Early skincare: The Native Americans historically used Geranium roots to make a tonic to refresh and tone the skin.

Facts about Geranium Essential Oil

  • A rare plant: You may be familiar with the geranium plant, which is now wonder as there are around 700 different varieties of the flower. However, only 10 of these species actually supply Geranium Oil in viable quantities.
  • The flower of consistency: The geranium won this nickname thanks to its ability to lift spirits, balance the mind and bring joy and happiness to your day.
  • A helping hand: Geranium Essential Oil is often used to help make an artificial version of rose oil, which is commonly found in perfumes.

Not only a beautiful plant in your garden, the uplifting and rebalancing Geranium Oil can be adopted to help renew your skin, mind and body.