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Rose Geranium Essential Oil

Pelargonium roseum

Geranium Essential Oil


Occasionally, you will find Geranium Essential Oil available with the botanical name Pelargonium roseum. It often goes by the name Rose Geranium Essential Oil. My understanding is that this species is nurtured to have a rosier aroma.

Bottle Depicting the Typical Color of Rose Geranium Essential Oil

Rose Geranium Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

  • Acne
  • Cellulites
  • Dull Skin
  • Lice
  • Menopause
  • Oily Skin

Source: Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Updated Edition) (London: Harper Thorsons, 2014), 100-101.

Botanical Name

Pelargonium roseum

Plant Family


Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used



Pale Yellow/Green



Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma


Aromatic Description

Rose Geranium Essential Oil smells floral, somewhat rosy and green. It is similar in aroma to Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens/Pelargonium asperum) but has a slightly more rosy fragrance.

Major Constituents

The major constituents found in Rose Geranium Oil are similar to those of traditional Geranium Essential Oil, but do refer to the GC/MS report for the specific oil that you are working with.

Rose Geranium Essential Oil Safety Information

Essential Oil Safety Edition 2 does not include a safety profile specific to Pelargonium roseum. The contraindications and safety precautions for Rose Geranium Oil are likely similar to those of traditional Geranium Essential Oil, but safety considerations are contingent upon the exact composition of the specific oil that you are working with.

General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Shelf Life

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