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.
Quality & Experience
Using our 20+ years of experience we carefully source all of our essential oils, carrier oils & hydrosols. Like all of our Artisan Aromatics essential oils, enfleurage oils, absolutes and blends, this oil has been carefully selected for its therapeutic quality. Then, to ensure maximum freshness and potency, it is bottled by hand in USA only after orders are received.
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.
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