The Synergistic Aroma of Geranium and Patchouli Essential Oils in Skin Care and Massage Therapy

The Synergistic Aroma of Geranium and Patchouli Essential Oils in Skin Care and Massage Therapy

Geranium and patchouli essential oils have been a popular combination in my aromatherapy practice and teachings.  Due to their aromatic properties and potential benefits in skin care and massage therapy. This article will explore the evidence-based research supporting the use of these essential oils and provide formulations for a skin care product and massage oil using this blend.

Skin Care Benefits:  

Geranium essential oil has been extensively studied for its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. A study by Agha et al. (2019) demonstrated the strong antimicrobial activity of geranium oil against pathogenic bacteria. Additionally, geranium oil has been found to possess anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective in reducing redness and soothing irritated skin. Patchouli essential oil has also been shown to have exceptional wound healing properties, as demonstrated by Karunanithi et al. (2020).

 I recommend pairing geranium and patchouli oils to provide full skin care advantages such as acne treatment, inflammation reduction, and overall skin health. The combination of these essential oils provides more benefits than utilizing each oil separately.

Furthermore, both oils geranium and patchouli essential oils produce a wonderful, rich, full-bodied perfume-like aroma. According to aromatherapy research, pleasant aromas have a significant impact on emotional well-being. Ver et al. (2019) reported that geranium essential oils have a relaxing effect, whereas Swamy et al. (2015) reported that patchouli treats depression, tension, and soothes the nerves.

This blend is, therefore, beneficial in reducing stress and anxiety, promoting a sense of relaxation during massage therapy sessions. The aroma's impact on the limbic system enhances the overall experience and emotional well-being of individuals.


Massage Oil: Relaxation Blend
- 30 ml carrier oil (such as sweet almond oil)
- 4 drops geranium essential oil
- 6 drops patchouli essential oil
Instructions: Combine the carrier oil with the geranium and patchouli essential oils. Gently massage the oil onto the body for a relaxing and aromatic experience.

Massage Oil: Skin Nourishing Blend
- 30 ml carrier oil (such as jojoba oil)
- 2 drops geranium essential oil
- 4 drops patchouli essential oil
Instructions: Mix the carrier oil with the geranium and patchouli essential oils. Apply the oil to the skin for hydration and nourishment.

The combination of geranium and patchouli essential oils offers a synergy of benefits for skin care and massage therapy. The blend harnesses the antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties of geranium, as well as the wound healing capabilities of patchouli. Additionally, the fragrance of this blend promotes relaxation and emotional well-being during aromatherapy and massage sessions. By incorporating these evidence-based formulations into skincare routines and massage therapies, individuals can experience the numerous advantages of this remarkable essential oil blend.


Agha, F. P., Mahmoud, A. A., & Mohamed, S. A. A. (2019). Evaluation of the antimicrobial activity of geranium oil alone and in combination with its main components against pathogenic bacteria. Journal of Pure and Applied Microbiology, 13(2), 1005-1015.

Karunanithi, A., Mathusamy, V., Subramaniyan, J., & Rajan, M. (2020). Medicinal properties and chemotaxonomic status of Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) essential oil: A review. Phytomedicine, 78, 153309.

Vera, P. H. G., Gewehr, C. E., Dias, A. L. T., Flach, A., & Callegaro, R. M. (2018). Gross chemical composition and biological activities of essential oils of Pelargonium capitatum and Pelargonium radens. Industrial Crops and Products, 124, 61-65.

 Swamy MK, Sinniah UR. A Comprehensive Review on the Phytochemical Constituents and Pharmacological Activities of Pogostemon cablin Benth.: An Aromatic Medicinal Plant of Industrial Importance. Molecules. 2015 May 12;20(5):8521-47. doi: 10.3390/molecules20058521. PMID: 25985355; PMCID: PMC6272783.

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Yes, both me and my respondent enjoys the aroma very much!! It helps to pull through some difficult moment with the calming effect and beautiful aroma!

Yun Teng Wong

Lovely combination Danielle. Thanks, as always for sharing your experience.

Jamie Letros

Thank you for the additional information Danielle. I already use both oils in my candle blends but wanted to use the oils on the skin as well. Hope you decided to bring back your perfumery course! Angela

Angela DeMontigny

Thank you Danielle 💕
Looking forward to introducing it to my clients.

Nina Miller

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