Product Spotlight: Rose Geranium

Product Spotlight: Rose Geranium

Mar 7th 2023

Posted by Dr. Christoph Streicher and Samantha A.

Have you ever wondered whether the popular essential oil ingredient, Rose Geranium, is in fact a type of rose? Do you want greater clarity on the myths surrounding certain aromas, like Rose Geranium? Well, it’s time to let go of misconceptions and discover why a Rose Geranium is not exactly what it appears to be! This particular type of oil carries a sweet light floral essence akin to roses. However, despite its intriguing name, Rose Geranium has virtually no connection with actual roses; its unique fragrance more closely resembles an earthy, leafy-like rosy aroma. So take a deep breath, relax your mind and journey with us as we uncover all there is to know about this mysterious oil!

What is Rose Geranium?

There are hundreds of Geranium varieties hybridized to emit different scents, but Rose Geranium is the most popular and therapeutic. While the Rose Geranium is a delicate flower, they do not resemble roses. The flowers vary from pale pink to almost white. The rosy-scented leaves give Rose Geranium its slightly misleading name. The leaves are deeply incised, velvety and soft to the touch, and may be strongly rose-scented.

The genus Pelargonium gets its name from the resemblance of the shape of the fruit to the beak of a stork. The species name graveolens refers to the strong fragrance of the leaves, graveolens meaning strong-smelling in Latin. African tribes use this powerful floral aroma to create joyful and exuberant moods. Other cultures have used it for perfumes that spark passion, attraction, and awe. Rose Geranium have also been used across cultures as a healing remedy.

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In folk medicine, Geranium Oil is used as a pain reliever and sedative to relieve spasms.* Other folk uses include treatment of wounds, fever reduction, inflammation, and diarrhea.* In ancient times, the Geranium plant, which is known to be antiseptic and diuretic, was used to treat dysentery.*  Today, Rose Geranium symbolizes romance and is  a popular gift amongst lovers. It is also used in wedding decorations as a symbol for love and faithfulness. The unmistakable rosy and sweet aroma is often used in aromatherapy for relaxing the mind and spirit.

What are the Therapeutic Benefits of using Rose Geranium?

For centuries, Rose Geranium Essential Oil has been a treasured go-to for aiding in relief of certain conditions. From balancing feminine hormones to rejuvenating the skin to helping with digestion and blood sugar levels — its benefits are seemingly endless!* Research confirms it also possesses powerful antimicrobial properties that fight skin diseases and infections, so much so that this oil is even used as a natural preservative within the food service industry.*

Rose Geranium Essential Oil offers a variety of benefits to maintain healthy, youthful skin and stay youthful. This potent beauty tool is antibacterial, detoxifying and an astringent for toning, brightening and exfoliating the skin.* As part of skincare regimens looking to get rid of acne-prone skin or signs associated with aging, this oil can be incredibly helpful!* Rose Geranium also aids in lymphatic drainage due to it being a helps reduce cellulite buildup as well as water retention around the body.*

Rose Geranium Essential Oil is an incredible natural remedy that can provide users with much needed relief from stress and anxiety in social or professional situations.* Though the exact mechanisms are still unknown, many individuals have reported feeling relief from physical pain as well emotional distress when using this essential oil!*

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How would you use Rose Geranium?

If you're looking to add a unique, rose-like aroma to your aromatherapy routine, then Rose Geranium Essential Oil is the perfect choice! This strong, sweet scent has been used for centuries in both traditional and modern therapeutic practices. It can help with everything from reducing stress levels to balancing hormones and more. Let’s explore why Rose Geranium Essential Oil is such an incredible choice for use in aromatherapy to promote health and wellness!

  • Overall Topical Application: 2-3% Dilution
    • The topical application of Rose Geranium can be incredibly beneficial for the body. When it comes to looking after our integumentary system, such as skin and hair, it helps keep sebum levels balanced.* By stimulating cell growth and soothing inflammation — Rose Geranium is a perfect holistic approach, and a great way to really look after yourself!* Dilution for this application should be 2-3% in Jojoba or Hazelnut Carrier Oil (10-15 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil).
  • Whole Body Massage Application: 1-2% Dilution
    • Whole body massage offers many benefits to the integumentary, lymphatic, and nervous systems. Massaging these three areas help balance sebum levels while stimulating cell growth and soothing inflammation.* Rose Geranium can also reduce cellulite by aiding lymphatic drainage as well as assist with water retention relief.* Finally, it increases feelings of happiness and confidence which eases stress symptoms all while helping emotion balancing during menses periods!* Dilution for this application should be 1-2% in Jojoba or Hazelnut Carrier Oil (5-10 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil).*
  • Aromatic Bath Application: 2-3% Dilution
    • A luxurious aromatic bath application can do wonders for your wellbeing! Not only does Rose Geranium reduce the appearance of cellulite and aid lymphatic drainage, but its calming effects on the nervous system are just as impressive.* Taking a soak in this aromatic essential oil gives long-lasting relief to water retention while inducing a feeling of happiness and confidence that balances emotions during menses.* Dilution for this application can be up to 2-3% in bath salts, bath milk, or another product similar before adding this to a full bath. The total application must not be more than 12 drops per bath; otherwise, it could cause a serious negative reaction.*
  • Diffusion / Inhalation Application: add a few drops to a Nebulizer or Nasal Inhaler
    • Diffusion and inhalation applications of Rose Geranium can help to increase feelings of happiness and confidence while easing the symptoms associated with stress.* It also provides an emotional balancing effect during menses cycles - resulting in a more pleasurable experience overall!* All you have to do is add a few drops into your nebulizer or nasal inhaler.

What would blend well with Rose Geranium?

The enticing aroma of Rose Geranium Essential Oil can lend itself to many wonderful blends. Whether you are creating a soothing and calming massage blend, aromatherapy oil combination for wellness applications, or refreshing your home with a fragrant diffuser mix; Rose Geranium Essential Oil is the perfect choice for achieving desired effects.

Here are a few DIY recipes for you to try in your nebulizer:


With its unique mix of floral, woody and rosy notes, Rose Geranium Essential Oil is a perfect accessory to add to your aromatherapy experience — and it can provide you with the perfect therapeutic effect!* By understanding all its mysterious aspects better, we hope this article has opened up avenues for a more evocative journey into holistic wellness!

Happy Blending!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.