Originally found in South Africa, Madagascar, Egypt and Morocco before being introduced to European countries such as Italy and Spain in the 17th Century.
The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the flowers, leaves and stalks of the plant.
Nearly all Rose Geranium is produced from plants grown in special plantations. The plant is fairly easy to control under these conditions and, once the plants have established (around 6-8 months after planting) they can be harvested every few months.
Antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, deodorant, haemostatic, tonic, and vulnerary.
Rose Geranium is an extremely versatile oil which is used in many different ways in aromatherapy. In massage it's used in blends for all skin types thanks to its astringent properties. A balancing oil which is used to regulate both oily and dry skins, it's also a cleansing oil which means it's often used for congested skin. Amongst other things Rose Geranium is commonly found in massage treatments aimed at helping to alleviate the symptoms of PMS, depression, stress, anxiety, tension, fluid retention, eczema, shingles, cellulite, bruises, haemorrhoids and menstrual irregularities.
Like many essential oils Rose Geranium is a lovely oil to use in the bath for the same reasons it’s used in massage - as well as it's lovely aroma. Simply add a couple of drops to a tablespoon of milk to help it disperse in the water.
When burned or vaporised Rose Geranium is again used to relieve stress, depression, anxiety and tension. It's soothing and calming so can also be used to alleviate PMS, menopausal problems and its energising properties mean it’s often used to relieve excessive tiredness.
You may find that Rose Geranium blends particularly well with angelica, basil, bergamot, carrot seed, cedarwood, citronella, clary sage, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lime, neroli, orange and rosemary.