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Terpene: Geraniol

  • Aroma: Rose, floral, citrus.
  • Effects: Antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
  • Vaporizing Temperature: 157°C (314°F)
  • Also Found In: Lemons, peaches, grapefruit, blueberries and blackberries.

Geraniol (also known as lemonol) is most famous for its presence in geraniums, where it helps shape the blossoms’ distinctive, delicate scent. It is also found in a wide range of plants including tobacco and lemons, and interestingly, is produced by honey bees as a means of marking their hives and flowers. Geraniol is a monoterpene alcohol that boils at about 447˚F and frequently occurs in strains that also produce linalool. Its floral, occasionally fruity aromas and flavors remind many of citronella candles or rose gardens, and occasionally of passionfruit or stonefruits such as peaches and plums. It is used frequently as a fruity flavoring agent, and shows up in an array of bath and body products. Geraniol, like valencene, is known to repel mosquitos.