Rose geraniums, or pelargonium graveolens, are a member of the geranium family. They feature spiky leaves, pink flowers with purple markings and a sweet, lemony scent. Rose geranium oil is commonly used as a topical oil to treat the soreness of breastfeeding and to heal skin problems, and is often taken internally in the belief that it helps to metabolize fats. No studies have verified these claims, so take care when using rose geranium essential oils. Making essential oils at home is the best way to ensure the quality and purity of your rose geranium essential oil.
Cut up enough rose geranium flowers, leaves and stems to fill a clean jar about one-third to half full. The measurements in this process do not have to be exact. Make sure you include a lot of leaves, because that is where rose geraniums contain the most oil.
Stir the leaves, flowers and stems around with a wooden spoon for a few seconds to help release the oils. Don't mash them up, just press them lightly against the bottom of the jar and stir them gently.
Pour enough almond, jojoba or olive oil over the crushed rose geranium stems, flowers and leaves to cover them completely. Stir them again with your wooden spoon. Almond oil has a very sweet scent of its own, so if you want the oil to smell more purely of the lemony rose geranium, use unscented jojoba oil. If you choose olive oil, use a very light kind rather then the more robust sort used for dipping and salad dressings.
Place the lid on the jar and tighten it to keep any air from getting in. It doesn't have to be perfectly airtight, just closed securely.
Set the jar outdoors in the sun or in a sunny indoor spot and let it sit for a minimum of 48 hours. Give the jar a gentle swirl every few hours.
Place a piece of fine cheesecloth over a funnel and slowly pour your oil through it and into a cup or glass. Discard the leaves, stems and flowers. For stronger essential oil, pour the oil back into the clean glass jar and add fresh rose geranium flowers, leaves and stems. Let it sit for another 48 hours.
Strain the oil through cheesecloth and into tinted glass bottles once you feel that your essential oil is strong enough. Make sure that no bits of the rose geranium plant matter are in the oil, because they can decompose and ruin your essential oil. You may have to strain it more than once to be certain.
Close the tinted glass bottles with tight-fitting stoppers. Label them with the ingredients and the date you made the rose geranium essential oil. It will lose potency after six months, so it is important to know exactly when it was first infused.