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Geraniol is a monoterpene alcohol.

Other names

Lemonol, geranyl alcohol

Molecular formula

C10 H18 O

Molar mass

154.25 g

Physical state



hard to dissolve in water


This essential oil may be found in many plants and herbs, particularly in hemp, roses, geraniums, coriander, nutmeg, laurel, thyme, and the curry plant.

Medicinal properties

Initial studies have shown that geraniol seems to be able to induce the death of cancer cells and inhibit the growth of tumors.

In sensitive people, the substance may cause dermatitis and hives, especially with higher dosing or frequent use. Geraniol is considered a weak contact allergen.