Palmarosa Essential Oil.

Calming, Positive and Uplifting...

palmarosa grass

Palmarosa essential oil, sometimes known as 'Indian Geranium Oil' is a lovely, holistic oil to use in aromatherapy treatments - I have started using it more and more for several reasons.......

It is great for sore and tired muscles and helps relax nerves. It is valuable for treating the symptoms of stress, such as fatigue and anxiety, and it also uplifts and invigorates the spirit.

It is fabulous for your has been called Mother Nature's moisturiser..... and I love the gorgeous smell.

Palmarosa is an aromatic grass found growing wild throughout India, and has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years there. In Ayurvedic medicine it is known as ‘Rohisha’ and the grass is often used as a poultice to help relieve ailments such as rheumatism, sciatica and lumbago.

Common Name:

Botanical Name:
Cymbopogon martinii var martinii

India, Africa, Madagascar, Brazil and South-East Asia

Common Method Of Extraction:
Steam distillation of the dried grass.

A rose-like smell with citrus and woody undertones


Blends Well With:
Geranium, bergamot, rosemary, lime, clary sage, myrrh, patchouli and ylang-ylang

Antidepressant, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericide, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, digestive, febrifuge, hydrating and stimulating.

See the glossary for definitions!

Mind, Spirit and Body:

  • Palmarosa essential oil has calming yet uplifting properties so is good for treating stress-related problems, anxiety and nervous exhaustion.
  • It promotes and accelerates the healing of cuts and wounds.
  • Helps treat digestive disorders and intestinal problems.
  • Very useful for cooling fevers, either viral or bacterial.
  • Palmarosa is also an insecticide and is very good as an insect repellant.

This is an excellent choice of essential oil to use in skincare, as it has wonderfully beneficial qualities for all skin types.

  • It is very moisturising and hydrating and promotes the growth of healthy skin cells.
  • It is often used to help heal cracked, chapped and broken skin.
  • Great for sensitive and/or irritated skin as well as eczema and psoriasis - it helps fight bacteria and infection and promotes cell regeneration.
  • Wonderful for tired feet and athlete's foot.
  • Helps relieve rosacea and helps reduce wrinkles.

Palmarosa Essential Oil Precautions:

  • This oil is considered completely safe, since it is a non-irritant, non-sensitizing and non-toxic substance.

Ideas for Uses:

  • Add 2 to 3 drops to your diffuser or burner to help you feel positive , content and secure.
  • For skin conditions and disorders such as acne, eczema, and fungal infections, mix 2-3 drops in 25ml of carrier oil. Gently swab the affected area using a cotton wool ball or lint free material.
  • Tired or aching feet? Put a few drops in a bowl of warm water with some epsom salts and give your feet a good old soak!

Additional Notes:

  • Because Palmarosa oil is so good for the digestive system and anti-bacterial, it has long been added to Indian curries and African meat dishes to kill the bacteria and aid digestion.
  • It has a Yin quality.....clearing heat and strengthening
  • Historically, palmarosa was used as a substitute for the very expensive rose oil....unfortunately it has also been used by unscrupulous beings to adulterate rose oil.

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