Palmarosa (Latin name Cymbopogan martinii x motia) is a wild-growing, perennial grass that was originally found in Pakistan and northeastern India, close to the Himalayas. It is now also cultivated in Indonesia, Africa and Brazil. Palmarosa oil was traded between India and Persia and was then shipped to Constantinople (Istanbul). It became known as Turkish or Indian Geranium Oil.
While Palmarosa is in the same family as Citronella and Lemongrass, it has a much sweeter scent, similar to Geranium with a grassy, lemony undertone. Palmarosa is harvested commercially for the chemical component geraniol and is often used in the fragrance industry. Unfortunately, it is also used as an adulterant in Rose oil. Although as author Patricia Davis says," nobody with a sensitive nose would ever confuse the two."
Palmarosa is my favorite go-to essential oil for skin care. It is hydrating, balances sebum production and has antiseptic and antifungal properties.
Try Palmarosa for:
dry skin on the face or body
minor skin irritations
Palmarosa is also useful for an upset stomach or sluggish digestion. (Just dilute it in a carrier oil and massage it on your abdomen).
It may also be helpful for:
muscular or arthritic pain.
Emotionally, Palmarosa is very comforting; it helps to ease:
irritability and anger
I like to use Palmarosa in the winter months (or cold season). I use it in room sprays as well as in my diffuser. It is a lightly scented, antibacterial essential oil that is child-friendly and appropriate to use around the elderly. *Palmarosa is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing when properly diluted before topical use.
My Blog is for information only & is not meant to replace Medical Advice.
Essential Oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted before topical use.
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Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition, Vermilion, an imprint of Edbury Publishing, a Random House Company, 2005
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