Pelargonium graveolens is not to be confused with the household variety of geranium, which is a completely different species. Although Geranium Bourbon, which comes from the island of La Réunion (previously known as Île de Bourbon), 500 miles east of Madagascar, is considered to be a superior quality oil, many prefer the lighter more subtle aroma of Egyptian Geranium. The species is the same, itis the growing conditions which make the difference between the two types.
Geranium is an excellent balancing and uplifting oil for all-round use and is especially popular with women. Try blending 1 drop of Geranium with 2 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Mandarin in a teaspoon of Sweet Almond oil for use as a relaxing, refreshing bath or massage oil. Alternatively, blend the same oils withtwo teaspoons of Peach Kernel oil for a special hydrating body moisturiser with a delicious aroma.
In a diffuser or burner, Geranium blends very well with the citrus oils. It is deodorising, cleansing and uplifting as well as having quite good insect-repellent properties.