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Rose Geranium Leaves
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Rose-scented geranium leaves vary in color, shape, and texture depending upon the variety. Common Rose-scented geranium varieties tend to have thicker, emerald green tri-lobed leaves that have a slightly fuzzy, harried texture with distinct, curled edges. The stems are thin but strong, and the plant can reach up to 45 centimeters in height. Rose-scented geranium leaves grow on an erect shrub, and the leaves emit a strong, aromatic rose scent through the fuzzy, glandular hairs.
Rose-scented geranium leaves are available year-round.
Rose-scented geraniums leaves, botanically classified as Pelargonium capitatum, are members of the Geraniaceae, or geranium family. Scented geraniums are known for the fragrant essential oils that can be extracted from the glandular tissue in the leaves. There are over eighty scented geranium varieties including dozens of Rose-scented varieties and lemon, mint, fruit, nut, spice, pungent, and oak-leaved varieties. Rose-scented geraniums have been used for centuries to make perfumes and have also been used as a natural pest deterrent, baking flavor, and dried for potpourri.
Rose-scented geranium leaves are used as a scent relaxer, and the essential oils help reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, and fatigue.
Rose-scented geranium leaves are used to infuse flavor into sugars, teas, vinegar, simple syrups, baked goods, and jellies. They are commonly mixed with sugar and left in a warm location for 2-4 weeks. The infused sugar can then be used for baking and teas. Rose-scented geranium leaves can also be used for flavor in sorbets and ice cream, jelly and jams, and fruit punches. The best leaves for culinary use are harvested just as flowers begin to appear because the plant’s scent is excreted from the oils on the surface of the leaf. Rose-scented geranium leaves will keep up to two weeks when stored in the refrigerator.
Rose-scented geranium leaves have been grown and cultivated in France and Africa since the 1700s for its oil. The essential oils are extracted from the leaves and are used in aromatherapy, perfume, and skin care. The leaves and the rest of the plant are also considered to be astringent and are useful in applications for cracked skin and rashes. In homeopathic practices, Rose-scented geranium leaves help reduce symptoms associated with digestive and endocrine system issues.
Rose-scented geraniums originated in South Africa and were introduced to Europeans in the 1600s. By the mid-1600s, the Dutch East India Company had established trade with South Africa for the plants, and they were taken to Holland and were bred for specific qualities. Today Rose-scented geranium leaves can be found at specialty markets and are available for online seed purchase for home gardens in Africa, Europe, Australia, and North America.
Recipes that include Rose Geranium Leaves. One is easiest, three is harder.
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