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Home Page > Essential Oil Profiles > Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium Leaves Geranium Essential Oil

Botanical Name

Pelargonium graveolens / Pelargonium asperum

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used



Ranges in Color From Clear to Amber



Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma

Very Strong

Aromatic Description

Floral, fresh, sweet, with a fruity note.

Geranium Essential Oil Uses

Acne, cellulites, dull skin, lice, menopause, oily skin. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 57-65.]

Major Constituents of Moroccan Geranium Oil

Citronellyl formate
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents and for constituent lists of Geranium Oil sourced from various regions.

[B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1981-1987 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1989), 119-121. B.M. Lawrence, Progress in Essential Oils. (Perfumer & Flavorist 21 no. 6, 1996), 58-62. B.M. Lawrence, Progress in Essential Oils. (Perfumer & Flavorist 23 no. 1, 1999), 56-61. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 293.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young caution that a drug interaction may occur if using drugs metabolized by CYP2B6. They indicate that the Geranium Oil possesses a low risk of skin sensitization and recommend a dermal maximum of 17.5%. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 243.]

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