Herbs — Geranium

Family name: Geraniaceae 
Botanical name: Pelargonium Graveolens
Parts used: The leaves
Extraction: Steam distillation of the dried herb in flower
Taste: Sweet, astringent
Aroma: Sweet & floral, fresh & green, slightly citrus & spicy
Perfumery status: A heart note of high intensity and medium persistence

General Description
A perennial hairy shrub up to 1 meter high with pointed leaves, serrated at the edges and small pink flowers. The whole plant is aromatic.


Distribution
Native to South Africa, widely cultivated in Russia, Egypt, Congo, Japan, Central America and Europe (Spain, Italy and France).


Herbal & Folk tradition
Rose-scented geranium, which is used in traditional Tunisian folk medicine for the treatment of hyperglycemia, is widely known as one of the medicinal herbs with the highest antioxidant activity. It has also been used to protect houses against evil spirits in the 1600´s Europe.


Characteristics
A pale yellow-green liquid. Blends well with bergamot and other citrus oils, clary sage, clove, jasmine, juniper, lavender, neroli, patchouli, sandalwood.


Properties
Insect repellent, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, aphrodisiac, antiseptic, fungicidal, wounds, eczemas, irritated skin, head lice, acne.


Safety data
Non-toxic, non-irritant, skin sensitization (low risk) in hypersensitive individuals.
Maximum dermal use 17.5%.

USED IN PRODUCTS:
Outdoor No 1. – Ground level