Rose geranium oil is extracted through steam distillation from the rose scented with hints of mint leaves and also the flowers of the pelargonium graveolens plants. There are a few hundred species of germaniums and about 10 others are also extracted for its oil. Depending on the species and its country of origin, geranium essential produce different chemical compositions, quality and aroma.
Geranium plants were used since ancient Egyptian times as remedy for balancing mood, relieving stress, treating menopausal symptoms and for skin treatment. Today, germanium essential oil is widely used in perfumery and aromatherapy. The plant is also used as a food additive and as an alternative medicine.
Rose geranium essential oil contains geraniol which produces the rose odor. It also contains citronellol which is present in rose oil. Other natural chemical constituents include linalool, isomenthone, citronellyl formate, geranyl formate and guaiadieneger. All these compounds plus many others combined produce its therapeutic benefits which include analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent and sedative properties.
Rose geranium essential oil is beneficial for all skin types because it helps balance sebum production and also maintains elasticity. You can use it as a home remedy for skin problems such as acne, oily skin and also cellulite. Its antiseptic and mild antibacterial activities are useful in providing relief from minor burns and wounds.
When using any pure essential oil, always mix with a carrier oil to avoid skin irritation and allergic reaction. Another alternative is to add it to your skin care products such as cleanser, toner or moisturizer. It is more effective if your skin care product contains vitamin A or vitamin E.
Another health benefit of rose geranium essential oil is its positive effect on the nervous system. The scent is able to put you in a calm and relaxed state of mind and emotions. Inhaling the oil may assist in overcoming anxiety, fatigue, mood swing, PMS and stress. Inhaling the scent may also help improve your focus and concentration.
To use it as a mood enhancer, diffuse the oil in an oil burner, spray it on your pillow or tissue or add it to your bath or massage oil. When you breathe in the aroma, the molecules of the rose geranium essential oil will go to your brain through your nasal passages and it will help you feel refresh and relaxed. It blends well with orange essential oil to uplift and relieve stress and tension.
It makes a good natural mosquito repellent when it is combined with soybean oil and coconut oil. You can blend the oils together and apply it on your skin or put it in a spray bottle and use it as a natural liquid spray repellent.
Because of its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, you can use it as a natural remedy for hemorrhoids or piles. It works best when blended with niaouli oil and cypress oil. To use it, mix the oil and dab it on the piles several times a day.