Oil Properties It has a sweet and rosy smell with a mint overtone and is mostly colourless, but can have a slight light green colour to it. It is watery in viscosity. Origin The plants originated from South Africa as well as Reunion, Madagascar, Egypt and Morocco and were introduced to European countries such as Italy, Spain and France in the 17th century. There are about 700 different varieties of the plant, yet only 10 supply essential oil in viable quantities, since the normal garden geranium produce far too little oil for extraction. It is a hairy perennial shrub, often used in hedgerows, and stands up to about one meter high (3 feet) with pointed leaves, serrated at the edges. It has pinkish-white flowers. In early times geraniums were planted around the house to help keep evil sprits at bay. Extraction The leaves and stalks are used for extraction, and the oil is obtained through steam distillation. Chemical Composition The essential oil is composed of various chemical constituents and includes a-pinene, myrcene, limonene, menthone, linalool, geranyl acetate, citronellol, geraniol and geranyl butyrate. Precautions Geranium oil is not indicated to cause any side effects, since it is non-toxic, non-irritant and generally non-sensitizing, yet can cause sensitivity in some people. Due to the fact that it balances the hormonal system, it might not be a good idea to use in pregnancy.
Supplied in 10ml amber glass bottle with dropper and tamper evident cap.
MSDS & Allergens cert available on request.
Rose Geranium has a rose-like aroma. The oil is extracted from the leaves and stalks by the process of steam distillation.