Organic Geranium Essential Oil (Egypt)
Organic Geranium Essential Oil (Egypt) (Pelargonium graveolens) is therapeutic quality organic essential oil steam distilled from the leaves and flowers. It has the same lovely aroma as our conventionally cultivated Egyptian Geranium and is a good choice for those who prefer an organic selection.
The taxonomy of “Geraniums” is rather complex and this has led to some confusion among non-botanists concerning the source of “Geranium” essential oil. The Geraniums most often seen in garden centers – the ones with showy red, white or pink flower heads – are known botanically as Pelargonium x hortum. As lovely as these plants are, they have little scent and are not the source of Geranium essential oil.
The Geranium essential oils generally used in aromatherapy are distilled from a number of other Pelargonium species including Pelargonium graveolens, Pelargonium capitatum, and Pelargonium asperum. All of these are available on the market; they are very similar in fragrance and properties but we prefer the essential oil of Pelargonium graveolens.
Organic Geranium essential oil has a lovely, sweet floral aroma that has often been described as “relaxing” in aromatherapy references. It has frequently been noted, however, that it can be stimulating, rather than relaxing, to some people. The Pelargoniums were never widely used in European folk medicine and some of the properties that have been attributed to Geranium essential oil actually belong to the plant Geranium robertianum, which was more commonly used historically and which was known by the common name “Herb Robert”. Modern practitioners of Chinese medicine, such as Gabriel Mojay, have described Geranium essential oil as a Yin tonic.
For more information on Organic Geranium essential oil, see our product description for “regular” (non-organic) Geranium (Egypt).
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.