Geranium Bourbon Essential Oil
Geranium Bourbon Essential Oil (Pelargonium graveolens var. roseum) from Reunion is Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil steam distilled from leaves and flowers. This is a premium selection of Geranium with a beautiful, floral aroma graced with rich rose notes.
Geranium Bourbon was traditionally the name given to the essential oil extracted from Pelargonium graveolens var. roseum or Pelargonium cv rose grown on the island of Reunion, which was formerly a French holding known as Bourbon. This is the original “Rose” Geranium and today only small amounts are produced on Reunion. A so-called Geranium “Bourbon” is now also produced in Madagascar while the less specific term “Rose” Geranium is applied to the oil extracted from Pelargonium graveolens var. roseum or Pelargonium cv rose grown in a variety of locations.
The proper taxonomic designation of commercially available Geranium, Rose Geranium and Geranium Bourbon essential oils is controversial and it has been said that growers/suppliers and even botanists are frequently incorrect about which species and/or variety of Pelargonium they are actually growing or studying. The grower of our Geranium Bourbon is located in Reunion and identifies his plants as Pelargonium graveolens var. roseum.
Geranium, Geranium Bourbon and Rose Geranium have somewhat different aromas but nearly identical properties (see our product description for Geranium Egypt). Geranium Bourbon and Rose Geranium have a richer, more “rosy” scent than Geranium and are preferred by many aromatherapists and perfumers.
The Geranium essential oils have been classified as strong sensitizers under European Union regulations. Tisserand and Young (2014) have disagreed with the EU decision and state that they believe Geranium essential oils are best characterized as having a low risk for producing skin sensitization. A prudent approach would be to use this essential oil at a maximum dermal concentration of 1.5% and avoid frequent use or use on sensitive, fragile, or damaged skin.
Some authors have cautioned against using Geranium essential oils during pregnancy or in cases of estrogen-dependent cancers or other estrogen-dependent complaints.
When taken by the oral route, Geranium essential oils pose a strong risk of drug interaction with diabetic medications, as well as medications such as cyclophosphamide that are metabolized by CYP2B6 enzymes. We do not recommend taking ANY essential oil by mouth.
- Do not take essential oils internally.
- Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
- Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution, refer to an aromatherapy text).
- The information on this website is not intended to be used in the diagnosis, treatment or mitigation of any physical or mental illness. Essential oils are not drugs and are not appropriate for treatment of illnesses.
- Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting an appropriately trained healthcare practitioner.
- The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.