How to Make Rose Geranium Oil
Holistic health practitioners prize rose geranium oil for use to help alleviate symptoms of depression, clear oily skin, speed healing and help regulate the hormonal system. However, others value rose geranium oil simply for its intoxicating smell, which can be tailored by picking the leaves at a certain point in their growth. When geranium oil is made from older leaves that have already started to yellow, rose geranium oil has a strong rose sent. But if the oil is made from young, green leaves, the rose geranium oil has more of a lemon-apple scent.
Place 500 mL of olive oil into a clear glass jar.
Submerge as many rose geranium leaves as you can into the oil (or 1/5 of your total supply, if it is limited).
Seal the jar and place it in a sunny spot for one week.
Strain the oil into the second clear glass jar so that the rose geranium leaves are left behind. Squeeze each leaf over the glass jar so that all of the oil is extracted and then compost the leaves.
Submerge as many geranium leaves into the oil as possible (or the second fifth of your supply). Again, seal the jar and leave it in a sunny spot to cure for one week.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 three more times so that the rose geranium oil has cured for a total of 5 weeks, using a fresh batch of rose geranium leaves each time.
Pour the rose geranium oil into a bottle with a stopper. Label it with the bottling date, keep it out of direct sunlight and use it within one year.
Make Ivy Geranium Cuttings
Fill a container with a porous, well-drained rooting media containing a mix of ingredients such as 1 part sand and 1 part peat moss, perlite or vermiculite. Any type of container with a drainage hole in the bottom is suitable. By the time you plant the ivy geranium cuttings, the potting media should be evenly moist but not dripping. Cut stems measuring about 6 inches in length. Cut more than you think you'll need, as some of the stems may not root. Remove all flowers and flower buds, and then pinch off the leaves growing on the bottom half of the stem. Normal room temperatures are fine. Don't cover the container with plastic, as ivy geraniums root best in fresh air. Remove leaves that turn dry and yellow.
- Olive oil
- Rose geranium leaves
- 2 sealable jars
- Bottle with stopper
- Tea Rose Lane: Rose Oil
- Essential Oils: Rose Geranium
- University of Nebraska Extension: Overwintering Geraniums and Propagating Geraniums by Cuttings
- Chicago Tribune: Making Geraniums Multiply
- Iowa State University Extension: Ivy Geraniums
- The New Sunset Western Garden Book; Kathleen Norris Brenzel, editor
- The A-Z Guide to Growing Flowers from Seed to Bloom; Eileen Powell