Rose Geranium Essential Oil (Pelargonium radens)


Rose Geranium may also be referred to as Pelargonium, Rasp-leaf pelargonium, Pelargonium roseum. It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the leaves.


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

Essential Facts

  • Aroma 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.
  • Common Name(s): Pelargonium, Rasp-leaf pelargonium, Pelargonium roseum
  • Synonyms(s) for Pelargonium radens: Anisopetala radulae, Geraniospermum radula, Geranium asperifolium, Pelargonion radulum, Pelargonium asperifolium, Pelargonium radula, Pelargonium raduloides, Pelargonium rosodorum

  • Botanical Family: Geraniaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Pelargonium
  • Major Compounds: 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.
  • Perfumery Note: Medium
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong
  • Color: Pale Yellow/Green
  • Indigenous Country: S. Africa.
  • Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
  • Part Typically Used: Leaves
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Benefits & Uses

May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:

Cellulite Head Lice Insect Repellents Lice Menopausal Symptoms Skin : Oily Spots ( Acne )

Therapeutic Benefits of Rose Geranium:

Insect Repellent

Other Uses for Rose Geranium:

Hair Care

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Rose Geranium:

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

Safety Precautions for Rose Geranium:

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. 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. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.


Botanical Description of Rose Geranium:

Elegant scented geranium with soft, finely cut, lacy foliage and stark pink flowers. Older specimens have stronger lemony scents. Offers strong mosquito repellent citronella and makes for a great patio plant.