Botanical Name: Pelargoneum graveolens
Plant Part: Leaves & Flowers
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Origin: Reunion Islands
Description: It is a hairy perennial shrub, often used in hedgerows, and stands up to about one meter high (3 feet). It has pointed leaves with serrated edges and pinkish-white flowers.
Colour: Greenish Yellow
Common Uses: The therapeutic properties of Geranium Bourbon oil include the following as an astringent, haemostatic, diuretic, antiseptic, anti-depressant, tonic, antibiotic, anti-spasmodic and as an anti-infectious agent.
Strength of Aroma: Strong
Blends well with: Basil, Bergamot, Citronella, Clary Sage, Fennel, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Neroli, Nutmeg
Aromatic Scent: Geranium Bourbon is a strong smelling oil with a floral aroma and a hint of mint. This uplifting oil has a great all-over balancing effect and this extends to the skin – where it helps to create balance between oily and dry skin, emotions – where it helps to relieve feelings of stress and anxiety, and the hormone system. The strong smell is particularly good to ward off mosquitoes and head lice and is good to relieve fluid retention and help fight cellulite.
History: The plants originated from South Africa as well as Reunion, Madagascar, Egypt and Morocco and were introduced to European countries such as Italy, Spain and France in the 17th century.