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Geranium Oil for Candida

Essential Geranium Oil for Candida Infections

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Picture of Geranium FlowerYes you can use essential geranium oil for candida problems.  This perennial shrub is sometimes referred to as the “poor man’s rose.”  Geranium oil is often used in lieu of more expensive rose oil.  But for a yeast infection, there is no need to spend more and get actual rose oil; the poor man’s rose will work well.  

Most geranium oil is made from Pelargonium graveolens; which is native to South Africa.  This oil is widely used in aromatherapy and should be widely available.  No need to hunt for a herbal apothecary with exotic plant oils for this Candida curing oil.

The research shows some differences in the efficacy of Geranium oil.  Different strains of Candida may in fact react differently to this oil.  To make sure you have an effective treatment, it would be prudent to include other essential oils in your treatment regimen.  Dr. James A. Duke, the noteworthy expert on herbs and their medicinal uses, suggests that you mix herbs together to help ensure your natural cure will work.  Dr. Duke suggests that there is a healing synergy created when you combine a few herbs that all treat a condition together.  These herbs may all have a different action against an ailment and employing them together can be a prudent course of action.

Picture of Geranium Essential Oil

If you are interested in using a few other essential oils for Candida treatment, you can find several competent herbs at this page: essential oils for yeast infection.


Two separate studies (1st Study, 2nd Study) were done that are of interest as they used geranium oil on Candida albicans.  The first study tested fifty-three essential oils and found that, although geranium oil was able to inhibit Candida albicans, it was considerably less capable of this than other oils were.  The second study also tested a variety of essential oils (38 plant oils to be exact) on 4 different strains of Candida albicans.  This second study found that geranium oil was one of the best inhibitors of Candida.

Given the second study used 4 different strains of Candida albicans and the first study only used one strain, it is possible that the first study’s strain was more resistant to geranium oil.  However, 4 strains is quite comprehensive, and should indicate geranium oil is likely one of the most efficacious candida cures.  It may be rare that you have a yeast infection from a strain that is more resistant to geranium oil; but, even if you do, geranium oil is still likely to inhibit it.  Consequently, geranium oil is a great choice for treating yeast vaginitis.

Another very relevant study, published in Advances in Microbiology (2013, 3, 317-325), tested 52 different strains of Candida on geranium essential oil (made from Pelargonium graveolens). The majority of these strains were albicans.  The strains tested were C. albicans (20 strains), C. glabrata (13 strains), C. krusei (6 strains), C. parapsilosis (strains), C. tropicalis (6 strains).  Thus it is highly likely your yeast infection will be as susceptible to geranium oil generally the same as the strains tested in this study.

The researchers found that geranium oil was indeed fungicidal and able to kill all the yeast strains it was tested on.  Other essential oils were used in this study besides geranium oil.  The oils included with geranium in all stages of testing were lemon balm (Melissa citrata indica), citronella oil (Cymbopogon citratus), and clove oil (Eugenia caryophyllata).  These other oils all performed similarly to geranium oil in terms of fungicidal activity.  Therefore geranium oil is likely to be one of the best essential oils for yeast infections.

A final study, published in the Journal of Essential Oil Research (Volume 8, Issue 3, 1996), reported that there is a wide degree of variability in the types of geranium oil on the market.  The study used 16 different types of geranium oil that were commercially available.  The study found a wide degree of bioactivity on an assortment of bacteria and fungi tested.  The researchers arrived at a startling conclusion; they state:

The results show that the wide variability in bioactivity between samples cannot be directly correlated with the country of origin nor the main chemical components. This suggests that the many different paramedical effects of geranium oil, which are accredited to geranium oil regardless of its chemical composition, may be due to its action as an odor through the limbic system.

The conclusion of the research that you cannot determine how geranium oil will act even by knowing the country of origin or the main chemical components of the oil.  This may also explain the earlier noted differences in Candida inhibition efficacy observed in the studies discussed.


Given the amount of research done on geranium essential oil, it is sensible to conclude it is in fact a great Candida killer.  With the variety of Candida species examined, you can be quite confident that this oil will perform well against rarer types of Candida.  Certainly this oil should be included in your arsenal of natural remedies.  One caveat, you may want to make certain your geranium oil was produced from Pelargonium graveolens.

How to Take Geranium Oil

  • Topical Use: You may use this oil undiluted topically on the body in the area of concern.
  • Oral Use: Geranium oil is generally regarded as safe for human consumption by the U.S. FDA. When you wish to ingest this oil, put 1 drop of the oil in 4 ounces of liquid or 1 teaspoon of honey.  Do not let children under 6 years of age ingest this oil!
  • Cautions: Repetitious use of this oil may cause some degree of contact sensitization.

Using Geranium Essential Oil

  • Skin Care -- Geranium oil is an astringent, meaning it can cause living tissue to contract.  As a result you can use it in ways you would do with a synthetic astringent.  Try mixing some of this oil with lotion and then applying it to your face to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  You should see a difference in your appearance within 7 to 14 days.  If you have acne problems, the antibacterial properties of this oil may be able to help control your breakouts.  Thus, you can reduce the bacteria on your skin while you reduce the signs of aging.
  • Fungal Infections -- Geranium oil has fungicidal properties that you can use to cure athletes foot.  Just mix some of this oil in warm salt water and let your feet soak in the mixture.  You can also try using it on other fungal infections of the skin--such as ringworm.  
  • General Antiseptic -- This oil does kill a variety of fungi and also kills bacteria.  Since this oil has a pleasant fragrance as well, it makes a great addition to cleaning liquids.  Try using it with natural cleaning agents for a fresher, cleaner, and great smelling room.
  • Deodorant -- Geranium oil is a circulatory oil; thus it will leave the body via sweat glands.  Try taking some of this oil daily to fight body odor from the inside out.  You can also mix a little of this oil with water and apply it to your skin to help you smell fresh and clean.


  • -- 53 oils on one Candida albicans strain -- Screening for antimicrobial activity of some essential oils by the agar overlay technique. Pharmaceutisch Weekblad Volume 8, Issue 6 , pp 289-292
  • -- 38 plant oils on 4 strains of Candida -- Devkatte, A. N., Zore, G. B. and Karuppayil, S. M. (2005), Potential of plant oils as inhibitors ofCandida albicans growth. FEMS Yeast Research, 5: 867–873. doi: 10.1016/j.femsyr.2005.02.003
  • -- A. Budzy?ska, B. Sadowska, G. Lipowczan, A. Maci?g, D. Kalemba and B. Ró?alska, "Activity of Selected Essential Oils against Candida spp. strains. Evaluation of New Aspects of their Specific Pharmacological Properties, with Special Reference to Lemon Balm," Advances in Microbiology, Vol. 3 No. 4, 2013, pp. 317-325. (pdf:  
  • -- Bioactivity of Geranium Oils from Different Commercial Sources. Journal of Essential Oil Research (Volume 8, Issue 3, 1996)
  • Google Books -- Duke, J. A. (1997). The green pharmacy: New discoveries in herbal remedies for common diseases and conditions from the world's foremost authority on healing herbs. Emmaus, Pa: Rodale Press.
  • Google Books -- Higley, Connie, and Alan Higley. Reference guide for essential oils. Abundant Health, 1998.


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