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A Guide To Palmarosa Essential Oil and Its Benefits and Uses

A Guide To Palmarosa Essential Oil and Its Benefits and Uses

"The fragrance of palmarosa hovers within the outer boundaries of the physical form," writes aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood in Aromatherapy For the Soul. "Its strength of purpose enables it to persuade the mind to be gentle and to love the form within which it travels."

Worwood also states the emotional benefits of palmarosa essential oil (Cymbopogon martinii var. motia) are to encourage mildness, growth, loyalty, and enthusiasm.

Basic Palmarosa Facts

Plant family: Poaceae/Gramineae

Production: Steam distilled from the leaves of the Cymbopogon martinii var. motia plant, which is a perennial grass. This grass also has another variation — Cymbopogon martinii var. sofia, which is used to distill gingergrass essential oil.   

Aroma: Sweet, rosy, floral with a lemony, woody undertone

Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle

Is palmarosa safe to use during pregnancy? None of my aromatherapy books gave a definitive answer. However, Mindful Mum says no. Plus, palmarosa is related to lemongrass and citronella, both of which are not recommended during pregnancy.

Is palmarosa essential oil safe for children? Yes. Dilute as appropriate.

Main components:

geranyl acetate

Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Ed.


Benefits Of Palmarosa Essential Oil

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art states palmarosa can relieve stress and nervous exhaustion, balance oil production for skin and hair, is useful for reducing acne and varicose veins.

The Heart of Aromatherapy
: You can use palmarosa oil for daily skin care, to rejuvenate damaged skin, to sooth minor skin irritations, to relieve sore muscles and joints, and for emotional comfort and relaxation.

Aromatherapy For Healing the Spirit
: In Traditional Chinese Medicine the energy of palmarosa oil is cool and moist, clearing heat and strengthening yin energy. The oil is helpful for dry, undernourished skin conditions, eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Palmarosa also reinforces Heart-yin, calms the Mind (Shen), encourages free-flowing adaptability, and supports a feeling of security.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy recommends palmarosa for excess mucous, gastrointestinal problems, scarring, acne, pimples, boils, fungus, general fatigue, muscle aches, stress, irritability, restlessness, and insect bites and stings.

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: Palmarosa is useful in skin care, may help some digestive problems, and can relieve nervous exhaustion and stress-related conditions.

Palmarosa Oil Uses

Aromatherapy expert Danièle Ryman recommends making a massage oil by blending 5 drops palmarosa into 1 teaspoon carrier oil. Massage your shoulders, temple, sinus area, and behind the ears to create a feeling of well-being. For boils Ryman suggests using a cotton pad to apply a dab of the undiluted essential oil.

You can also use palmarosa neat (undiluted) on athlete's foot, according to Essential Oils: Natural Remedies.

Make a hair mask for oily hair:

  • 2 drops palmarosa
  • 2 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon warmed olive or jojoba oil

Blend ingredients. Massage the blend into your hair. Wrap your hair in a towel (or in plastic wrap covered with a towel). Leave for 1 hour or overnight, and then wash your hair as usual. Adapted from Suzanne Banks.

Make a skin-friendly, relaxing linen spray to keep away dust mites:

  •     4 ounces distilled water in a spray bottle
  •     30 drops palmarosa essential oil
  •     10 drops lavender essential oil

For best results, first wash linens in hot water. Then use the spray several times a day. Adapted from Aromahead.

Make a natural insect repellent:

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle. Spritz over your body as needed, avoiding your eyes and sensitive areas. Adapted from Base Formula.

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