Geranium
Description:
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
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.

Extracting:
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 work.

Uses:
Geranium 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, and aromatherapy.

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