April 29, 2016

Rose Geranium Oil

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What other names is Rose Geranium Oil known by?

Aceite de Geranio Rosa, Aetheroleum Pelargonii, Algerian Geranium Oil, Bourbon Geranium Oil, Extrait de Géranium, Geranamine, Geranium, Geranium Extract, Geranium Oil, Geranium Stems, Huile de Géranium, Huile de Géranium Bourbon, Huile de Géranium Rosat, Huile de Géranium Rose, Moroccan Geranium Oil, Oleum Geranii, Pelargonium graveolens, Pelargonium Oil, Tiges de Géranium.

What is Rose Geranium Oil?

Rose geranium oil is extracted from the leaves and stem of the rose geranium plant.

Some people take rose geranium oil for nerve pain (neuropathy) and for diarrhea. It is also applied directly to the skin for nerve pain, especially pain following shingles. Some people also use it topically as an astringent to tighten skin.

Rose geranium oil is sometimes listed on the label of supplements promoted for weight loss, athletic performance, and body building. That's because supplement manufacturers claim that rose geranium oil contains small amounts of a stimulant drug called dimethylamylamine. However, laboratory analysis shows that this drug probably does not come from rose geranium oil. It is thought that these manufacturers have artificially added this drug to the supplement rather than obtaining it from rose geranium oil.

Rose geranium oil is used in foods and beverages as a flavoring.

In manufacturing, rose geranium oil is used as an inexpensive substitute for rose oil. It is also used as fragrance in soaps, cosmetics, and perfumes.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Nerve pain, when applied to the skin. Developing research suggests that applying rose geranium oil to the skin can significantly reduce pain that follows shingles, a condition caused by the herpes virus. Strength of the product used matters. Rose geranium oil in a concentration of 100% appears to be about twice as effective as a 50% concentration.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Weight loss.
  • Athletic performance.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate rose geranium oil for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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