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What is Geraniol?

Updated: Jan 5

A dew covered red rose

Although not prevalent in a lot of cannabis, geraniol is known for its unique aroma and taste. Heavily researched, Geraniol is used in a multitude of household products.

Where Does Geraniol Come From?

This terpene’s name may sound familiar because it’s derived from the geranium plant. Geraniol is found in many other plants known for their smell and taste as well. Many you may be familiar with:

• Geranium

• Palmarosas

• Java cirtonell

• Roses

• Grapefruit

• Carrot

• Peach

The Geraniol Flavor Profile

Geraniol’s somewhat peculiar aroma brings in more subtle notes of rose and fruits, playing a softer role than the strong citrus smells of citronella oil that's found in geraniums. It's often described as sweet floral rose-like, citrus with fruity, waxy nuances.

Common Uses

Geraniol can be found as an additive to a plethora of perfumes, colognes, lotions, detergents, candles, as well as many other household products. It's also used protect pets from external parasites. It's used in cosmetics.

What Are The Benefits of Geraniol?

Geraniol has been extensively researched and has been found to have many beneficial properties.

• Anti-inflammatory

• Neuroprotectant

• Antibacterial

• Antifungal

Drawbacks of Geraniol

Geraniol is a known allergen. It can cause contact dermatitis and respiratory irritation. If this occurs contact your doctor immediately.

How Much Geraniol Should I Take?

While considered safe by the FDA, it's recommended you consult your doctor before consuming Geraniol.

Geraniol and the Entourage Effect

If you're looking for the particular benefits Geraniol offers, it would be a great addition to the "entourage". Strains known to be higher in Geraniol are:

  • Harlequin

  • Lemon G

  • Strawberry Diesel

  • Tahoe OG

  • Purple Punch

  • FPOG

  • Agent Orange

  • Black Cherry Soda

The Take-Away

Geraniol may be less common in cannabis however, it is well known in the scientific arena. There are several benefits to consuming Geraniol. There are strains out there with higher concentrations of Geraniol if you're in the market. All in all a good showing from this terpene.


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