Benefits and Uses • Cleanses the environment of odors • Repels insects • Anti-viral and anti-fungal • Promotes well-being • Soothes the skin
Often used in conjunction with other oils to augment and accentuate a calming blend, rose geranium essential oil is most well-known for its distinct astringent, hemostatic, deodorant and anti-depressant qualities. In addition, rose geranium possesses the ability to generate relaxation, calm and balance in the mind.
Origin and Composition
Perhaps used earliest by Egyptians, it is often mistaken for the flower rose. Originating in Africa, rose geranium has a mostly clear, but slightly greenish tint with a watery consistency and is distilled using steam, primarily from the stems and leaves of this woody shrub. With a subtly sweet, crisp and rosy smell, the oil has a soothing aroma that carries a slightly earthy or minty undertone.
Rose geranium essential oil has a marked effect as a diuretic, anti-inflammatory and to cicatrize, or help promote healing, particularly of scars and wounds. Rose geranium essential oil also promotes healthy skin, helps relieve depression and anxiety and uplifts the spirit to reduce stress.