Geranium Essential Oil (Egypt)
Geranium Essential Oil (Egypt) (Pelargonium graveolens) is therapeutic quality essential oil steam distilled from the leaves and flowers. It is our most economical choice for Geranium essential oil and although the aroma does not have the same exquisite rose notes as our pricier choices (Geranium Bourbon and Rose Geranium) it is still very nice, with sweet, floral notes, and a great value for the price and one of my favorites.
Geranium essential oil is also distilled from several other species of Pelargonium but graveolens is our favorite.
Geranium Essential Oil Overview
Geranium essential oil is often described as “uplifting” in aromatherapy references, a property that many other floral essential oils are said to share, perhaps because floral aromas remind us of gardens, summer time and romance. Most aromatherapists also describe it as “relaxing”, although it has been noted that some people will experience it as mildly stimulating instead. The best way to know how you will respond to an aroma is to smell it. Geranium is a scent that has often been used in perfumes and products like soap so you may have personal associations to the aroma that come into play in determining how it effects you.
Pelargonium graveolens was not widely used as an herb in European folk medicine but various Pelargonium species have been employed by folk healers in other countries. In it’s native range in Africa, for example, tribal people used herbal preparations of the Pelargoniums in cases of dysentery and respiratory problems.
A lot of the information about Geranium essential oil that is found in some modern aromatherapy books has been inappropriately taken from entries in old herbal references for the plant known commonly as “Herb Robert”, which is a so-called “true” geranium and has the botanical name “Geranium robertianum”. Herb Robert is a completely different plant than the Pelargonium species used to produce Geranium essential oil and the properties should never have been generalized from one to the other. Herb Robert was sometimes referred to by the old herbalists by the common name “Death Comes Quickly”; while I’m not sure what that was all about, it doesn’t sound good and I’m glad our essential oil comes from a different plant!
Modern practitioners of Chinese Medicine have described Geranium essential oil as a Yin tonic and have suggested that it can be helpful during menopause.
- Cool and Moist
- Main Element = Water
- Secondary Element = Earth
Geranium essential oil has been classified as a strong skin sensitizing agent by the European Union. However, Tisserand and Young reviewed studies on this issue and state in their 2014 Essential Oil Safety:Second Edition that they have concluded that Geranium essential oil poses a low risk of causing sensitization reactions when used topically. Do not exceed 1.5% concentration in vegetable oil for topical use, avoid frequent topical use, and do not use on damaged, sensitive or irritated skin.
Some authors recommend avoiding this oil in pregnancy and in the presence of estrogen-dependent cancers/conditions; these recommendations are not found in Tisserand and Young’s Essential Oil Safety: Second Edition (2014).
There is a significant risk for drug interactions between Geranium essential oil used by the oral route and diabetic medication as well as medications such as cyclophosphamide that are metabolized by CYP2B6 enzymes. We strongly caution against oral use of any essential oil.
Try our Floral Essential Oil Collection
This Egyptian Geranium Essential Oil is one of the Six fragrant essential oils included in our Floral Essential Oil Collection and presented in a lovely gift box. The oils in this collection and most of our other collections are in 5ml bottles to keep cost low instead of the usual larger sizes. The others in this exquisite collection include: Geranium-Egypt, Lavandin, Lavender-France, Palmarosa, Rose Geranium, and Ylang Ylang Complete.
Quality & Experience
All our Artisan Aromatics pure essential oils, aromatherapy blends and oil products are therapeutic quality. Using our 20+ years of experience, we’ve gathered the finest quality oils from around the world. To ensure that our pure oils are as fresh and potent as possible, our oils are bottled by hand here in the USA only after we receive each order.
IMPORTANT: All issues that pertain to your physical or mental health should be discussed with and supervised by a licensed health care professional. Keep all essential oils away from and out of reach of children. We recommend you consult a trained aromatherapist before using essential oils with children under 16 years of age. Always follow the general safety guidelines for using essential oils; these can be accessed by clicking the link below.
Disclaimer: Information provided in this description is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be used in/for the treatment, cure, mitigation or diagnosis of any mental or physical disease or illness or as a substitute for consulting with a physician or other appropriately trained and licensed health care professional. Artisan Aromatics is not responsible for any adverse effects resulting from the improper use of any suggestions, products, preparations, or procedures mentioned or from attempts to follow historical reports of a plant’s uses. Please note that essential oils do not necessarily have the same properties as other types of herbal preparations of the same plant and since essential oils are the most highly concentrated type of preparation made from plants, they can have toxicity issues not arising from use of other types of herbal preparations of a given plant.Essential Oil Safety Considerations