Known as rose geranium, is a species of flowering plant native to various parts of southern Africa. Rose geranium is well-known for its fragrant leaves, which have a distinct rose-like scent.
Rose-scented geranium, Rose-scented pelargonium
Rose geranium is a styptic, astringent, vulnerary, and tonic.
Rose geranium offer many potential health benefits such as stress reduction, skincare support, hormone balancing, insect repellence, anti-inflammatory effects, and respiratory relief.
Rose geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) has many various health benefits, including stress and anxiety reduction through its calming aroma. It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to treat skincare conditions such as acne, dermatitis, and eczema. Rose geranium may also help balance hormones, potentially alleviating symptoms like mood swings and menstrual discomfort, and has anti-inflammatory properties in its oil to treat skin irritations and discomfort.
Rose geranium can be utilized in various ways, primarily through its leaves and essential oil. The essential oil is commonly employed in aromatherapy by diffusing it to promote relaxation and stress reduction, or topically by diluting it with a carrier oil for potential skincare benefits and hormone balancing. Crushed or chopped rose geranium leaves can be applied directly to the skin for skincare. Rose geranium can also be infused in hot water to make a fragrant herbal tea. The oil can also be applied topically as a natural way to repel insects.
Pelargonium graveolens history originates in southern Africa, where indigenous communities have long utilized the plant for its aromatic and medicinal properties. Introduced to Europe by early explorers, rose geranium became popular as an ornamental plant in European gardens. In the 19th century, the extraction of essential oil from rose geranium gained prominence finding its way into the perfume industry and cosmetics due to its distinct rose-like fragrance. Rose geranium has a history of traditional medicinal uses, and its cultivation has spread globally with applications ranging from culinary uses for its leaves to aromatherapy and skincare.