grows to about two feet high, has serrated, pointed leaves and
small pink flowers. The whole plant is aromatic. It is found
on waste land, in hedgerows and on the outskirts of woods. There
are several oil producing species such as P. odorantissimium
and P. radens, but P. gravelolens is the main one commercially
cultivated for its oil.
Essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the
leaves, stalks and flowers.
The oil produced is non-toxic, non-irritant, generally non-sensitising.
Geranium blends well with Lavender, patchouli, clove, rose,
sandalwood, jasmine, juniper, neroli, bergamot and other citrus
oils. The bourbon oil is a greenish-olive liquid with a rosy-sweet,
minty scent. The bourbon oil is generally preferred in perfumery
oil is primarily used in perfumery - 65% of men's perfumes
contain geranium oil, but only 2% of women's perfumes. Other
minor, though growing uses, include soaps, household products,