How to Make Essential Rose Geranium Oil


Essential oils are the purest plant oil extraction and are used to create perfumes, massage oils, bug sprays, and in aromatherapy treatments. Traditionally essential oils were distilled using steam distillation machines, however, flowers tend to be too delicate for the distillation process. In the case of rose geranium oil, a gentler approach is necessary.

Step 1

Harvest the geranium and rose petals and leaves early in the morning to ensure the largest amount of essential oil.

Step 2

Wash the flowers and leaves gently and pat them dry with the paper towels.

Step 3

Layer the flowers, leaves and kosher salt in the canister in thin layers. Seal the jar and leave it in a cool, dark place for two months.

Step 4

Pour out the liquid in the jar and strain it through a cheesecloth. You should obtain roughly 3 oz of essential oil from the canister. Carefully place the oil into a amber dropper bottle and close tightly.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 cups fresh rose petals and leaves
  • 1 cup fresh geranium petal and leaves
  • Course kosher salt
  • Paper towels
  • Ceramic jar
  • Cheese cloth
  • Amber dropper bottle


  • The Anada Apothecary: Making Essential Oils
  • "Natural Beauty for All Seasons;" Janice Cox; 1996
Keywords: essential oils, making essential oil, rose geranium oil

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Ann White is a freelance journalist with prior experience as a Corporate and Business Attorney and Family Law Mediator. She has written for multiple university newspapers and has published over 300 articles for publishers such as EHow and Garden Guides. White earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.