Rose geranium oil
Rose geranium oil


Rose geranium oil comes from the leaves and stem of the rose geranium plant (Pelargonium graveolens). It’s used in various topical products.

Rose geranium oil contains several chemicals that seem to have antibacterial effects. The oil might also have a soothing effect and decrease swelling when applied to the skin.

People use rose geranium oil for nerve pain, wound healing, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Don’t confuse rose geranium oil with spotted geranium, umckaloabo, or 1,3-DMAA. These are not the same.
When taken by mouth: Rose geranium oil is commonly consumed in foods. There isn’t enough reliable information to know if taking larger amounts as medicine is safe or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: Rose geranium oil is possibly safe when used short-term. It’s usually well-tolerated. People with sensitive skin might develop a rash.

When applied inside the nose: Rose geranium oil is possibly safe when mixed with sesame oil and used short-term.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Rose geranium oil is commonly consumed in foods. But there isn't enough reliable information to know if rose geranium oil is safe to use in amounts greater than those found in food when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.


There is interest in using rose geranium oil for a number of purposes, but there isn’t enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
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Dosing & administration

Rose geranium oil has most often been used by adults in various topical products. Speak with a healthcare provider to find out what type of product and dose might be best for a specific condition.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if Rose Geranium Oil interacts with any medicines. Before taking Rose Geranium Oil, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods. has licensed monographs from TRC Healthcare.
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