Essential Oil of the Month: Palmarosa!

Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini) is a species of grass in the lemon grass genus  and is also related to and citronella it is best known by the common name palmarosa. Other common names include Indian geranium, Turkish geranium, gingergrass, rosha or rosha grass. Palmrosa grass occurs in two varieties, Motia or Palmarosa, and Sofia or Rusa. Originally from Central and North India, and now cultivated in Africa and Madagascar as well, the grass is slender, bearing panicles of a blue-white color which mature to a dark red. It has been distilled since the eighteenth century, especially in Turkey, to simulate or adulterate Turkish rose oil (which is very expensive).

The essential oil of this plant, which contains the active compound geraniol, a natural antiseptic and bactericide. It is valued for its scent and for a number of traditional medicinal and household uses. The plant is used in curry and meat dishes in India and West Africa, where its properties kill bacteria and help the digestion of fatty food.

Palmarosa can relieve the discomforts of flu, a high temperature, infection, and acne. It contains a small of antioxidants.

Do not take the essential oil internally.

Essential Oil should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. Add a few drops of palmarosa essential oil to the carrier oil.

If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!

While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.


While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.

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Antibacterial Activity of Essential Oils from Palmarosa, Evening Primrose, Lavender and Tuberose – M. H. Lodhia, K. R. Bhatt, and V. S. Thaker

Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease – Antioxidant activity of palmarosa essential oil (Cymbopogon martini) grown in north indian plains



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