|Latin name||Pelargonium graveolens|
|Extraction||Distillation of the leaves|
|Origin||Europe, Isle de Bourbon, Egypt|
|Plant characteristics||There are over 450 different types of geranium. Pelargonium geranium is a strongly scented leaf geranium, which varies in size according to its growing conditions. Sometimes there are pinky-purple flowers present.|
|Oil characteristics||A greenish-yellow liquid with an earthy, sweet, cloying aroma.|
|Traditional use||Was used for haemorrhoids, menorrhagia (blood loss), ulcers and in viral situations. Ancient Egyptians used it against tumours.|
|Blends well with||Lemon, sweet thyme, bergamot, sweet marjoram essential oils|
|Cautions and comments||No known contra-indications. Hypersensitive individuals should not use the essential oil directly on the skin.|
|Main chemical constituents||Alcohols (<65%), esters (15%), aldehydes (<10%).|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.