ROSE GERANIUM (Pelargonium graveolens) Essential Oil’s Healing Properties

by Cynthe on January 12, 2010

Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) is a well-loved fragrance used for cosmetics;  food, tea & alcohol flavorings, perfumery, and holistic healing…especially for emotional balance / stress, the skin, and women’s endocrine system issues.

~ Physically, it helps with hormonal balance, liver & kidney functions, discharges toxins from the liver that may be impacting the body’s overall well-being. (opens the the Solar Plexus). Supports digestive, nervous, & circulatory systems Has antiseptic qualities.

~ Emotionally, it helps us release negative memories. Eases nervous tension & stress, balances the emotions, lifts the spirits, and fosters peace, well-being, and hope.

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PROPERTIES: Analgesic, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Depressant, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Astringent, Diuretic, Insect Repellent, Refreshing, Relaxing, Sedative, Styptic, and Tonic

BODY SYSTEM(S) AFFECTED: Emotional Balance, Circulatory, Digestive & Nervous Systems, Skin

FRENCH MEDICAL USES: Diarrhea, Gallbladder, Gastric Ulcer, Liver: Jaundice, Sterility, Urinary Stones

Improves blood flow / reduces bleeding, Hemorrhoids; Varicose veins;
Digestive support:
Traditionally used to treat Diarrhea, Dysentery and Colic; Gallstones, heals Ulcers, supports Liver detoxification (dilates bile ducts), balances the Pancreas;
Hormonal support:
A vital component in the treatment of Endometriosis, Hormonal balance, Pre-Menstrual & Menopausal symptoms, reputed to help with Uterine and Breast Cancer (would certainly help the patient to relax and cope with the pain)
Oral health: Sore throats & infections;
Nervous System:
Remedy for Herpes & Shingles, relieves Neuralgia, regenerates Nerve tissue, so may be useful for disease or chemo-induced Neuropathy;
Skin regeneration:
Acne, Burns, Bruises, Eczema, Frostbite, Infections, Insect repellent & soothes Bites & Bee stings, Ringworm, heals Sores & Wounds; good as an Oily Skin Cleanser to balance the sebum;
Stress & Anxiety related issues:
Confusion, useful for promoting Concentration, Depression, Insomnia, Panic & Anxiety, Tension;
Urinary Tract: Kidney stones

CAUTIONS: Repeated use, undiluted, may result in some contact sensitization in genetically-sensitive people. Can cause insomnia and restlessness. Pregnant women are advised to consult a trained aromatherapist before using Rose Geranium essential oil.

Reference Guide for Essential Oils
Tenth Edition by Alan & Connie Higley. Abundant Health, OCT 2006.

IMAGE & additional info:

Cynthia Brush, Young Living Oils Distributor #168709Cynthe Brush ~ Certified Clinical (Medical) Aromatherapist, Therapeutic Essential Oils Practitioner & Self-Care Health Educator has used therapeutic essential oils for personal, family, & client health issues since 1999.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

sophie April 4, 2010 at 1:47 pm


i have gallstones and came across your info, how can i use rose geranium to treat gallstones?

many thanks

Cynthe April 4, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Hi Sophie ~ Glad you found our site. It’s important to state that though I’m a certified clinical aromatherapist, I’m not licensed to give medical advice.

However, I would be happy to do research for you from my personal & professional resources on how GERANIUM (Pelargonium graveolens) and other therapeutic essential oils can be used to help dissolve and pass gallstones. This would be as a pre-paid consultation. There are also dietary approaches that may help you as well. I would assemble all the information for you to proceed with as you see fit. Let me know if you are interested.

Angela April 9, 2015 at 8:11 pm

I read on a website that this oil may cause decreased blood flow and be a problem for people with risk of stroke. However, I cannot find any further information on that topic. Is that a true risk?

Cynthe April 9, 2015 at 9:56 pm

Angela ~ I have not heard of this issue before with Rose Geranium EO, but would be happy to do a bit of research to see what I can find. It would be helpful if you could give the website where you read the information, so I could start there.

It may take a few days to look into this. We’re are in the midst of moving from CA to AZ. Needless-to-say I’m not going to be at my computer during the transition.

Cynthe April 9, 2015 at 11:57 pm

Hi again Angela ~ My favorite reference says Geranium can be used to increase and improve blood flow. In the case of hemorrhage, Geranium essential oil may help stop excess bleeding…so it seems unlikely that it would be a danger for folks at risk of stroke unless their vascular system has weakened walls (aneurisms / varicose veins, etc.) which could present a risk.

Louise Bruce November 26, 2015 at 8:39 am

Good morning,

I would like to purchase the rose geranium pelargonium graveolens for my Yorkshire Terrier 8 lbs. again tick as a repellent. I have heard that is was the best to use. I will need information on how to use it on my Charlie for protection.
Thank you and please let me know how I can purchased this specific oil from you.
Best regards, Louise Bruce

Cynthe November 26, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Hi Louise ~ Since your Yorkie is so little, and dogs have such a keen sense of smell, I’d suggest diluting the essential oil as we would for use on human infants:
* 1-3 DROPS of the Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) essential oil diluted with 1 tablespoon of the following Almond-Jojoba blend = 3 tablespoons of organic sweet ALMOND oil with 2 tablespoons JOJOBA oil.
* Drip several drops of the diluted Rose Geranium essential oil in your hands and wipe over your Yorkie’s coat, paws, ears or where ever ticks tend to land.

Purchasing the Rose Geranium EO: If you have a good naturals foods store nearby, see if they carry pure steam-distilled essential oils…and if they have Rose Geranium. If not, then consider ordering on-line from Natures Gift. You could also consider using their hydrosol (essential water) to simply lightly spray over your dog’s coat.

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