Palmarosa Essential Oil
Botanical binomial: Cymbopogon martini
Other names: Andropogon Martini, Wats var. Martini, East Indian Geranium
Country of Origin: Nepal, India
Part of plant used in production: Fresh, or dried grass
Methods of production: Steam Distillation
Description: Palmarosa is a wild growing plant related to lemongrass. It has fragrant leaves, long slender stems and terminal flowering tops. It originates from India but is now cultivated in various other countries.
Characteristics: A pale yellow or olive coloured essential oil that has a sweet, floral, slightly dry fragrance, herbaceous undertone, with a hint of rose.
Properties: Antiseptic, bactericidal, cytophylactic, febrifuge, hydrating.
Constituents: Geraniol, linalool, limonene, geranyl acetate, farnesol
Uses: Palmarosa is used widely in perfumery and soap making for its rose-geranium like scent. Used in aromatherapy to calm and uplift. Palmarosa is used to stimulate cellular regeneration, decrease acne, diminish scars, dermatitis, and wrinkles. It is often used to adulterate expensive rose oils.
Safety: For external use only. Should be diluted prior to skin application. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. May cause skin irritation for some individuals, a skin patch test is recommended prior to use. Consult your healthcare professional before using essential oils during pregnancy.