The rose geranium plant has pretty, pink-white flowers and leaves that smell strongly of roses. Often called ‘rose-scented geranium’, rose geranium essential oil has a calming effect on a worried mind, so it’s ideal for use in a diffuser.
Rose geranium essential oil uses
Rose geranium oil is said to work wonders on our skin, helping to cleanse blemish-causing bacteria, balance the production of oil, boost circulation and minimise the appearance of cellulite, marks, and scars. It’s a great oil to blend with a carrier oil and use topically as part of a regular skincare routine.
Thanks to active anti-inflammatory properties, rose geranium essential oil is often used to help reduce swelling and ease aches and pains. Because the rose-like scent also has the power to lower anxiety and soothe the mind, applying this essential oil to an area of discomfort can help to relax the muscles and calm the emotions.
Everyone loves the sweet smell of roses, so it’s no surprise that rose geranium oil is used in many cosmetics and soaps. In fact, if you’re making your own homemade soaps, this scent’s perfect for adding a summery aroma to your blend. Speaking of blends, rose geranium blends well with many other oils. For a relaxing recipe with an uplifting scent, blend rose geranium with a citrus oil (such as orange, citronella, or grapefruit).
Rose geranium can be used in many homemade remedies, and it’s even more powerful when combined with an oil that encourages swift healing. Always remember to dilute your homemade blend with a carrier oil before using it topically or in your bath.
Rose geranium essential oil benefits
Rose geranium essential oil deserves its place in any aromatherapy kit. Often compared to rose oil, it has its own unique set of benefits for those who keep a bottle to hand. The sweet aroma of rose geranium has a sedative effect on the mind, helping to calm anxieties and encourage emotional balance. The scent gently guides a low mood to a more positive place, providing comfort to those in need of a lift.
Rose geranium oil also demonstrates antiviral and antifungal activity, so beneath that sweet scent lies a powerful little oil. Inhale this aroma to help fight bacterial infections or diffuse throughout your home regularly to keep germs at bay and cleanse the space. The scent of rose geranium may even help to repel insects too, so it will keep your living space smelling sweet and free from creepy crawlies during hot summer days.
Rose geranium essential oil facts
|Botanical name||Pelagonium graveolens|
|Extraction method||Steam distillation|
|Strength of aroma||Strong|
|Colour||Pale yellow green|