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Geranium and Pelargonium:
The Genus Geranium and Pelargonium

edited by Maria Lis-Balchin

This volume aims to dispel myths and peel away layers of incorrect and muddled information which contribute to the unclear image of the genera.

Geranium and Pelargonium features discussion and new information on some of the following areas:

  • Taxonomy and history of usage and nomenclature
  • Cultivation for essential oil production and retail purposes in different countries
  • Phytochemistry of the genera
  • Chemistry of Geranium and Pelargonium oils
  • Theory and practice of distillation of Geranium and Pelargonium oils
  • Pharmacology an therapeutic properties of Geranium and Pelargonium oils and extracts
  • Use of Geranium and Pelargonium products in aromatherapy, perfumery, cosmetics, food processing and medicine
  • New research into Geranium and Pelargonium
  • Theory and practice of distillation

This book will be of interest to graduate students, scientists and professionals in the Geranium and Pelargonium growing and retail industry, the perfumery, food and cosmetics industries, and to those interested in Geranium and Pelargonium for alternative and conventional medical use.


  1. History of Nomenclature, Usage and Cultivation of Geranium and Pelargonium Species
  2. The Taxonomy of Geranium Species and Cultivars, their Origins and Growth in the Wild
  3. Phytochemistry of the genus Geranium
  4. Cultivation and Harvesting of Geranium Macrorrhizum and Geranium Sanguineum for Medicinal Use in Bulgaria
  5. Production, Extraction, Distillation and Use
  6. Use of Geranium Species Extracts as Herbal Medicines


  7. The Taxonomy of Pelargonium Species and Cultivars, their Origins and Growth in the Wild
  8. Cultivation and Sales of Pelargonium Plants for Ornamental Use in the UK and Worldwide
  9. Growing Pelargoniums in the Garden, Conservatory and for Shows
  10. Phytochemistry of the Genus Pelargonium
  11. Pharmacology of Pelargonium Essential Oils and Extracts in vitro and in vivo
  12. Antimicrobial Properties of Pelargoniums
  13. Essential Oils from Different Pelargonium Species and Cultivars and their Chemical Composition
  14. Chemotaxonomy of Pelargonium based on Alkaloids and Essential Oils
  15. Phylogenetical Relationships within the Genus Pelargonium based on the RAPD-PCR Method of DNA Analysis Correlated with the Essential Oil Composition
  16. Geranium Essential Oil: Standardization, ISO; Adulteration and its Detection Using GC, Enantiomeric Columns and Bioactivity
  17. 'Rose Scented Geranium' A Pelargonium Grown for the Perfume Industry
  18. Cultivation and Distillation of Geranium Oil from Pelargonium Species in India
  19. Micropropagation and Biotechnological Approaches to Tissue Culture of Pelargonium Species and Essential Oils of Scenteds
  20. Geranium Oil and its Use in Aromatherapy
  21. Perfumery and Cosmetic Products Utilizing Geranium Oil
  22. New Research: Possible Uses of Various Pelargonium Leaf Oils and Extracts as Food Preservatives
  23. Pelargonium Reniforme and Pelargonium Sidoides: their Botany, Chemistry, and Medicinal Use
  24. Insecticidal effect of Pelargonium Extracts
  25. Correlation of the Chemical Profiles of the Essential Oil of Pelargonium (Geranium oil) and Others Seperatel and in Mixes, with their Relaxant or Stimulant Properties in Man and Smooth Muscle Preparations in vitro

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Geranium and Pelargonium:
The Genus Geranium and Pelargonium

edited by Maria Lis-Balchin
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