Geranium essential oil / Geranium bourbon essential oil Essential Oils for skincare

About Geranium

INCI name
Essential oil name
Geranium essential oil / Geranium bourbon essential oil
Egypt / Zimbabwe South Africa Madagascar
Part used
Flowers / Leaves & flowers
Extraction method
Steam distillation
300kg of plant for 1 kg of EO
*Faucon, M. Traité d’aromathérapie scientifique et médicale : fondements & aide à la prescription. (Sang de la terre, 2015).

About the plant

Common names
Rose geranium, Sweet scented geranium, Rose-scent geranium
Latin name
Pelargonium graveolens, Pelargonium asperum
Botanical family
Plant detail
Geranium” includes more than 200 species but only 5 are used for essential oils. The plant can reach 1-meter high.
Flowering period
Madagascar, Reunion Island

Our expert Dr Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about essential oils.

Thanks to a multitude of therapeutic properties as well as an intoxicating scent and beautiful appearance, Geranium Essential Oil is one of the most popular essential oils in aromatherapy.

Here’s all you need to know about how to include the balancing and soothing Geranium Oil in your daily rituals.

Benefits of Geranium Essential Oil

1. Rebalancing

According to Dr Couic Marinier, “Geranium Essential Oil is a powerful natural remedy to rebalance the nervous system and boost your mood”.

Geranium Oil also has the power to improve mental processes and cognitive function, making for an overall feel-good element.

2. Catalyses healing

Geranium Oil is a known hemostatic, meaning that it can prevent hemorrhaging both by restricting blood vessels and encouraging blood clotting.

Dr Couic Marinier explains; “When used on a cut, Geranium Essential Oil first accelerates blood flow and rids the body of any potential infection, followed by repairing the dermis to protect the wound”.

3. Painkiller

When applied topically, Geranium Oil has active compounds that act on the nerves to fight pain rapidly.

Essential Oils can be extremely helpful for pain relief. Look to Peppermint Oil and Rosemary Oil for other natural remedies. 4. Anti-inflammatory

Dr Couic says, “the elements Geraniol and Citronellol in Geranium Oil can inhibit certain mediators of inflammation”.

Since inflammation is associated with many health conditions, Geranium Essential Oil’s ability to inhibit the inflammatory response in the skin can help to fight against and repair many issues. 5. Antibacterial

Geranium Oil has potent antibacterial and antifungal properties, which make it a great natural treatment to inhibit and protect from infection.

What is Geranium Essential Oil used for ?


Thanks to its qualities as an astringent and all-round healer, Geranium Essential Oil is a highly effective anti-ageing ingredient.

Not only does Geranium Oil tone and protect your skin, tightening your epidermis to reduce the appearance of fine lines, it also has potent cellular regeneration properties. With a revived epidermis, your complexion will look more youthful than ever.


Geranium oil is highly soothing when applied to your complexion. Used topically, its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties can purify and soothe your skin. “It even provides your skin with a dose of radiance”, says De Couic Marinier.

Irritation can wreak havoc on your skin. Look to other Essential Oils such as Chamomile Oil and Juniper Berry Oil to find the ultimate calming remedy to rejuvenate your skin.


Geranium Oil has powerful effects when it comes to balancing hormones, therefore also effectively regulating sebum production. Whether your skin leans dry or oily, it helps to regulate the moisture and oil levels in your epidermis to leave your skin re-balanced and rejuvenated.

Where does Geranium Essential Oil come from ?

Deriving from the dry climes of Egypt, the Geranium plant is now grown around the world thanks to its use in medicine and cosmetics.

There is a huge variety of Geranium plant species, but Geranium Essential Oil is generally extracted from the leaves and stems through a process of steam distillation.

History of Geranium Essential Oil

Ward off negativity

Centuries ago, and still in some cultures today, Geraniums were placed around the house to keep evil spirits at bay.

Greek origins

The word ‘Geranium’ derives from the Greek geranos, which means ‘crane’; the bird whose beak inspired the name thanks to its similarity to the plant’s fruit.

Early skincare

The Native Americans historically used Geranium roots to make a tonic to refresh and tone the skin.

Facts about Geranium Essential Oil


A rare plant

You may be familiar with the geranium plant, which is now wonder as there are around 700 different varieties of the flower. However, only 10 of these species actually supply Geranium Oil in viable quantities.


The flower of consistency

The geranium won this nickname thanks to its ability to lift spirits, balance the mind and bring joy and happiness to your day.


A helping hand

Geranium Essential Oil is often used to help make an artificial version of rose oil, which is commonly found in perfumes.

Not only a beautiful plant in your garden, the uplifting and rebalancing Geranium Oil can be adopted to help renew your skin, mind and body.