Geranium Rose essential oil, pelargonium rosium, scent is floral, similar to geranium with a rosy hint. Often used for acne, cellulites, dull skin, lice, menopause, oily skin. Has been used for conditions such as dysentery, hemorrhoids, inflammations, metorrhagia and menorrhagia (excessive blood loss during menstruation) Used for piles and internal bleeding. Excellent as an injection for flooding and leucorrhoea, and taken internally for diarrhea, children's cholera, chronic dysentery; a good gargle. The leaves are also used and give the greatest percentage of tannin and should be collected before the plant seeds.
Geranium Rose is a perennial, grows from 1 to 2 feet high. The entire plant is erect and unbranched, more or less covered with hairs; the leaves deeply parted, each division again cleft and toothed, flowering April to June, colour pale to rosy purple, petals veined and woolly at base, fruit a beaked capsule, divided into five cells, each cell containing one seed, the root stocks 2 to 4 inches long thick with numerous branches for the next growth, outside brown, white and fleshy inside when fresh, when dried it turns to a darkish purple inside; no odour, taste strongly astringent, contains much tannin which is most active just before the plant flowers. Essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from leaves, stalks and flowers.
Geranium Rose essential oil, pelargonium rosium, blends well with the following essential oils: lavender, patchouli, clove, rose, orange, sandalwood, jasmine, juniperberry, bergamot and other citrus oils.
Cautions - non-toxic, non-irritant, generally non-sensitizing.
Properties - Antidepressant, antihemorrhagic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, cicatrizant, deodorant, diuretic, fungicidal, hemostatic, stimulant (adrenal cortex), styptic, tonic, vermifuge, vulnerary.