Lesson 17: Essential Oil – Rose Geranium (Pelargonium roseum)

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Required Reading

Foundational Aromatherapy pages 139-140

Rose Geranium

geranium-1Rose Geranium is a great oil for easing anxiety and depression. Balancing and uplifting, its sweet rosy smell makes it useful in perfumes and provides an energizing effect to the mind. Women use it as a balancing oil to help with infertility, PMS, hot flashes, and to balance adrenals. In a misting spray, it can be used for a highly effective insect repellent; including head lice.

Rose Geranium and Bergamot are two oils that I use for those with severe anxiety. I recommend this combination to many young mothers with high-stress, anxiety, and emotional challenges. It has worked well, and they continue to use it.

Safety Notes

➢ Non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-

➢ Those with particularly sensitive skin

may experience contact dermatitis.

➢ Patch test before application to large

Tried and True Uses

✓ Breathe in for rapid relief from hot flashes.

✓ Helps balance adrenal function.

✓ Especially good for depression associated with nervous exhaustion.

✓ Helpful for oily skin, and acne.

✓ Helps stop bleeding both from the nose and from wounds.

✓ Wonderful when used in a compress to aid with bruises and other

circulation issues.

✓ Great for treating head lice.

✓ Good deterrent for animals and insects. Can keep pets off furniture

How Do I Use It?

SOAK IN THE TUB – Mix 3-5 drops in 1⁄4 cup unscented Dead Sea Salts, milk, powdered milk, or coconut milk. Swish in warm water; soak twenty minute.

IT’S IN THE AIR – Diffuse 10-12 drops for fifteen minute intervals every two hours during the day.

BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT – Inhale 3-4 times a day from bottle lid. Or put 1-2 drops on tissue or cotton ball inhale directly or put in pillow case. Or 1-2 drops in palm of hands, rub together, cup hands over mouth and nose without touching face, and inhale.

SPRITZ & SPRAY – Mix 10 drops in 1 ounce of filtered or distilled water. Shake before each use, mist lightly on area of concern or all over the body, avoiding eyes when misting face area.

RUB IT IN – Add 2-4 drops in 1 Tablespoon carrier oil, lotion, massage into areas needing relief.

PUT IT ON – Apply 1-2 drops, or in 2-3 drops of carrier, on bottom of feet. For a perfume apply 1 drop to pulse points. Put 1-2 drops on cotton ball and apply directly on acne-prone areas.

Blends Well With
  •  Juniper Berry
  •  Tea Tree
  •  Frankincense
  •  Eucalyptus
  •  Citriodora
  •  Clary Sage
  •  Palmarosa
  • Analgesic – relieves pain
  • Antidepressant – alleviates depression
  • Antidiarrheal – counteracts diarrhea
  • Antifungal – prevents the growth of fungus
  • Antihemorrhagic – slows/stops bleeding
  • Anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammation
  • Anti-neuralgic – relieves nerve pain
  • Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs and infections
  • Astringent – tightens tissue; reduces oil or secretions
  • Cicatrisant – promotes wound and scar healing
  • Deodorant –prevents body odor
  • Diuretic – increases urine production
  • Hemostatic – stops bleeding
  • Repellent – dissuades particular insects or other pests from approaching or settling
  • Sedative – tranquilizes activity of body part.
  • Stimulant – increases functional activity (adrenal)
  • Tonifying – nourishing, supportive, strengthening (skin)
  • Vulnerary – heals wounds
Key Emotions:

Peaceful, Curious, Fulfilled, Generosity, and Soothing

Key Body Systems:

Circulatory, Reproductive, Endocrine, Nervous, Urinary, and Skin

Technical Data

geranimum4BOTANICAL NAME: Pelargonium roseum

WHERE GROWN: Egypt, China

AROMA: citrus, floral, fresh, herbaceous, rosy, woody


EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distillation


Main Chemical Families: 

SESQUITERPENES – anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, antibacterial, antiseptic,


SESQUITERPENOLS – anti-inflammatory, grounding, cooling, a tonic to the whole body, enhancing the body systems and the mind

MONOTERPENOLS – prevents infections, immune stimulant, emotional balancer, healing to the skin

KETONES – reduces intestinal gas, relieves pain, expectorant (mucus removing), and improves circulation

ESTERS – nervous system sedative, emotionally uplifting, stress relieving, anti-infectious, antispasmodic (especially for digestive cramping), healing to the skin

Botanical Family: 

GERANIACEAE-prevents inflammation, soothing to skin, balances nervous system


*DISCLAIMER: This information is provided for educational purposes only, not to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition, or prescribe in any way. The data presented here may not be complete or fully accurate. As with all essential oils, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner.

*SAFETY WARNING: If applying an essential oil to skin, always perform a small patch test by properly diluting the oil in an appropriate carrier oil and applying to an insensitive part of the body, such as inside of elbow. Use vegetable or milk to remove any essential oils causing irritation. Always keep essential oils and blends away from children. To slow oxidation and protect shelf life, store in a cool, dark place with lids tightly secured. Never put oils in the ear canal or eyes.

Additional Reading

Anewscafe.com’s article: Geraniums: More Summer Favorites

How to Pronounce

How to say Rose

How to say Geranium

How to say Pelargonium

How to say Roseum