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Geranium use while Breastfeeding

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Sep 16, 2023.

Geranium Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Geranium (Pelargonium species) leaves contain small amounts of dimethylamylamine which is a sympathomimetic stimulant. Rose geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) oil contains citronellol, citronellyl acetate, citronellyl formate, and geraniol. Applied topically, the essential oil may have antibacterial and antifungal activity and has been used for neuropathic pain. Topical application of fresh, whole geranium leaves, furry side against the skin has been used for cracked, painful nipples during breastfeeding.[1-3] Alternatively, geranium essential oil mixed into calendula cream has been advocated for the same purpose.[3] None of these claims have been scientifically validated.

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Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


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Substance Identification

Substance Name


Scientific Name

Pelargonium sp.

Drug Class

Breast Feeding


Complementary Therapies


Plants, Medicinal

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