Essential Oils - Palmarosa

If you love the smell of roses, you will definitely enjoy the rose-like scent of palmarosa. With its rich fragrance, it blends well with many other essential oils like lavender, ylang ylang, sandalwood or bergamot to create a beautiful perfume. Keep in mind that essential oil based perfumes won’t last as long as synthetic perfumes, but you can rest easy knowing that it’s natural.

Name of Oil: Palmarosa
Latin Name: Cymbopogon martini (Closely related to citronella and lemongrass)
Areas of Origin: India
Historical Use: Due to its rose-like scent, palmarosa was often used to adulterate Rose Otto oil as it is significantly cheaper
General Growth, Habitat: A perennial, aromatic grass that can grow to 9’ high; with stiff, upright, yellow-green stems
Parts Used in Distillation: Leaves/grass
Scent: Sweet, floral, rose and geranium like scent
Uses: Acne, athlete’s foot, relieves sore/stiff muscles, helps to alleviate mental exhaustion and nervousness
Emotional Use: Soothing, calming, balancing
Safety: Non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing

Extra Tidbits:

  • Add a few drops of the essential oil to a diffuser to sooth and calm the mind
  • Use in a lotion recipe for its hydrating and moisturizing properties
  • Add 2 drops of the essential oil to a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, and massage into sore or stiff muscles for relief

Until next time, discover the power of welcoming essential oils into your life.


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