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Botanical Name Pelargonium graveolens
Rose Geranium oil 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. The plants originated from South Africa as well as Reunion, Madagascar, Egypt and Morocco and were introduced to European countries such as Italy. 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. It is pale yellow green in color and has floral aroma similar to geranium.
Rose Geranium oil is extracted from the leaves and stalks of the plant of geranium by the method of steam distillation.
Carrot seed, Cedar wood, Citronella, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Clary sage, Lavender, Lime, Neroli, Rosemary, Orange.
Rose geranium oil can also be diluted in shampoo to help with head lice.
Rose Geranium 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.
Rose geranium oil has a balancing effect on the nervous system and relieves depression and anxiety. It has a balancing effect on the adrenal cortex and is great for relieving stress.
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.
A tonic is what tones up overall health. Internally, it makes all the systems and functions work properly in the body by influencing endocrine glands for regulating the secretion of various hormones, enzymes, acids and bile.
Safety and precautions
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