23 November 2008

Also known as (Indian) rosha, Palmarosa oil has been distilled since the 18 th century. Palmarosa is a wild herbaceous plant, growing to a height of nine feet (three meters). With long, slender stems, fragrant grassy leaves, and flowers in ‘terminal’ clusters Palmarosa is a member of the Cymbopogon (formerly Andropogon) genus of aromatic tropical grasses.

Botanical Name
Cymbopogon martini

Origin
India

Color
It is pale yellow in colour

Consistency/Viscosity
Watery viscosity

Perfumery Note
Middle

Aroma
Sweet rose, soft, lemony-fresh green scent with hints of geranium and rose

Extraction Method
Palmarosa essential oil is extracted by steam or water distillation of the fresh or dried grass

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Myrcene, linalool, geraniol, geranyl acetate, dipentene and limonene

Therapeutic Properties
Antiseptic, antiviral, bactericide, cytophylactic, digestive, febrifuge and hydrating

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • Palma rosa oil calms the mind and has an uplifting effect
  • It is used to overcome nervous exhaustion, stress-related problems and nervousness
  • It is most useful during convalescence and cools the body of fever, while aiding the digestive system, helping to clear intestinal infection, digestive atonia and anorexia nervosa
  • It is effective in relieving sore, stiff muscles
  • This oil moisturizes the skin, while balancing the hydration levels and stimulating cell regeneration
  • It balances production of sebum, to keep the skin supple and elastic and is valuable for use with acne, dermatitis, preventing scarring, rejuvenating the skin, as well as fighting minor skin infections such as sore tired feet and athlete's foot
Precaution
  • Palma rosa oil is a very safe essential oil to use
  • If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician
  • Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction
Blend With
Geranium, rosewood, sandalwood, cedarwood and floral oils

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