Palmarosa

Cymbopogon martini

This is a truly lovely essential oil with a sweetish, lemony, dry floral-rosy aroma and is usually a pale yellow colour with a hint of green. It is also sometimes called “East Indian geranium oil”, as it was originally from India. It is distilled from a spreading wild grass and is harvested before the flowers appear. The highest yield of oil is obtained when the grass has been fully dried which is about a week after it has been cut.

Palmarosa is often used in cosmetics, soaps and skin care routines. It is helpful in restoring the water balance in the skin and the sebum production, making it useful for both dry and oily skins. It nourishes and restores skin health. Blend in a drop of Palmarosa into your facial moisturiser or add a drop to a teaspoon of jojoba oil to hydrate and balance dry skin. You can also add a drop to your body lotion to help with dry skin. For some excellent skin nourishment, blend 8 drops Palmarosa, 4 drops of Carrot Seed essential oil and 4 drops of Roman Chamomile into 15ml of avocado oil. Apply to your body after a warm bath. Palmarosa is also known to rejuvenate tired, sore feet. Blend 6 drops of Palmarosa, 3 drops of Lemongrass oil, 3 drops of Patchouli oil and 2 drops of Tea Tree into 10ml of carrier oil and add to a basin of warm water for your foot bath.

Three drops of Palmarosa and three drops of Lavender added to a teaspoon of carrier oil and poured into a warm bath will not only be beneficial for the skin but also promote relaxation. It would also be helpful added to a massage oil with Sandalwood, for a wonderfully relaxing massage.

Palmarosa has a history of use against fevers and infectious diseases. It is particularly useful against various bacteria responsible for intestinal infections, such as gastro-enteritis. It stimulates digestion and excellent for loss of appetite.

It has a calming, yet uplifting effect on emotions and is a good tonic for the heart and mind. It is comforting and helps with deep sleep. It is recommended for people who have suffered from nervousness and insecurity, and the frequent absence of intimate loved ones. Add a few drops of Palmarosa and Lavender to a diffuser in the home to help relax after a stressful day.

It might irritate sensitive skin, so always remember to do the patch test.

It is best to avoid during pregnancy and avoid use on children.

Palmarosa blends well with Bergamot, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Lime, Melissa, Orange, Petitgrain, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang.