What is Geraniol?Geraniol is acyclic monoterpene-alcohol. Pure geraniol is a colourless oily liquid, with a sweet rose-like scent. When oxidized, geraniol becomes geranial or citral.
DistributionBergamot, carrot, coriander, lavender, lemon, lime, nutmeg, orange, rose, blueberry and blackberry.
Health Benefits of GeraniolGeraniol is a natural antioxidant. Geraniol has been suggested to help prevent cancer. Carnesecchi S. et al demonstrated in his study "Geraniol, a component of Plant Essential Oils, Inhibits Grwoth and Polyamine Biosyntehsis in Human Colon Cancer Cells", (Pharmacology, July 2001) that geraniol caused a 50% increase of ornithine decarboxylase activity, which is enhances during cancer growth. Geraniol inhibits DNA synthesis.
Burk YD concluded in his study "Inhibition of Pancreatic Cancer Growth by the dietary isoprenoids farnesol and geraniol" (Lipids, February 1997) that geraniol, farnesol and perilll alcohol suppress pancreatic tumor growth.
Other animal studies have also demonstrated the anticancer effects of geraniol.
Facts about GeraniolGeraniol is mainly used in perfumery and flavouring.
SynonymsLemonol, beta-Geraniol, trans-3,7-Dimethyl-2,6-octadien-1-ol