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Palmarosa Essential Oil

Palmarosa is in the same family as Citronella and Lemongrass, but it has a much sweeter scent, similar to Geranium with a grassy, lemony undertone. It is my favorite go-to essential oil for skin care. It is hydrating, balances sebum production and has antiseptic and antifungal properties.

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 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 oil was traded between India and Persia and was then shipped to Constantinople (Istanbul). It became known as Turkish or Indian Geranium Oil. Palmarosa may be helpful for:

  • Digestive issues

  • Sore muscles

  • Cold symtoms

  • Feelings of stress, grief or anger

  • All types of skincare (like acne, mature or dry skin)

  • minor skin irritations

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 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 general information only & is not meant to diagnose or replace medical advice. Essential Oils are for external use only & should always be diluted before topical use.​​My blog doesn't include all of the contraindications or possible interactions that may occur.

References: Battaglia Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003 Bowles, E. Joy The A to Z of essential oils, Baron’s educational services,2003 Butje, Andrea, The Heart of Aromatherapy: an easy-to-use guide for essential oils, Book Publisher Hay House, Inc. 2017 Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition, Vermilion, an imprint of Edbury Publishing, a Random House Company, 2005 Lawless. Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils Updated edition, Thorsons, 2002,2014

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