Palmarosa Essential Oil
- Product Code: EO-P01
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- Ex Tax: £2.00
Palmarosa is a tall, herbaceous grass with long stems, aromatic leaves and flowering tops. It is native to Pakistan and India but is also cultivated in Indonesia, Brazil, the Comoro Islands, Africa and Madagascar. Palmarosa essential oil is steam-distilled from the fresh or dried grass which is harvested before the plant flowers. Palmarosa essential oil is also sometimes called Turkish Geranium, East Indian Geranium or Rose Geranium.
Because of its rose-like aroma, Palmarosa essential oil has historically been used to adulterate Rose oil. It has also been used in traditional Indian medicine to treat fevers, infectious diseases, rheumatism and nerve pain. Palmarosa was also used to make incense blends in India, and was traded through the trading routes of India and Persia where it migrated for use in the West.
- Species: Cymbopogon martinii
- Plant family: Poaceae (Gramineae)
- Origin: India
- Note: Middle
- Extraction method: Steam distilled
Palmarosa is a popular skincare ingredient. It helps to hydrate the skin, balance sebum levels and regenerate healthy new cells. It is suitable for all skin types including both dry and oily skin types. It can help fight infection in wounds and prevent scarring and its antiseptic properties can be useful for treating acne, blemishes and other minor skin infections such as Athlete's Foot. It is also thought to be an excellent insect repellent.
Palmarosa helps calm the mind and has an uplifting effect. It is beneficial for stress, anxiety and nervous exhaustion and can also help if you are feeling, confused, lonely, vulnerable and insecure.
Palmarosa is a good digestive stimulant and can help with sluggish digestion and lack of appetite. It can also help combat digestive infections, fight fever and fatigue, making it a popular oil to use during convalescence. Sometimes known as ‘Indian Geranium,’ the oil can be good for balancing hormones, and can be a great choice for any ‘women’s problems' including as PMS.
Blends well with:
Most oils particularly Bergamot, Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood.
Citral 1%, Geraniol 85%, Farnesol 1.2%, Limonene 1%, Linalool 4%
To balance any skin complaint, mix 6 drops of Palmarosa, 15ml of Vitamin E infused oil and 15ml of Grapeseed oil in glass dropper bottle and massage a few drops into affected areas. Alternatively, add 1 drop of Palmarosa to 5ml of your regular cleanser, toner and moisturiser.
You could also try Base Formula’s Recovery Overnight Mask with Palmarosa, Cypress, Thyme, Juniperberry and Geranium – ideal for balancing oily and blemish prone skin.
For skin defence, mix 5 drops of Palmarosa (and Tea Tree if you fancy) with 15ml of Aloe Vera Gel and apply to affected areas.
For a natural insect repellent, add up to 25 total drops of a combination of Palmarosa and Citronella essential oils into a spray bottle with 100ml of Orange Flower Hydrolat and spritz over the body as needed.
To uplift the mind
Vaporise a combination of Palmarosa, Geranium and Jasmine or Rose (2:1:1 drops) in an electric aromatherapy diffuser – or place a few drops of each oil in a bowl of Himalayan Pink Salt to scent the room!
Soothing massage blend
For hormonal balance, to relax muscle pain, or aid digestion, try massaging with 2 drops Palmarosa, 2 drops Geranium and 2 drops Sandalwood in 15ml of Sweet Almond oil or Soya Bean oil. Always massage in a clockwise direction for the tummy, or in a direction towards the heart for the rest of the body.