BOTANICAL NAME: cymbopogon martini
PARTS USED: whole plant
DISTILLATION METHOD: steam
FRAGRANCE: citrus, floral, grassy, rose-like
BLENDS WELL WITH: amyris, cedarwood, galbanum, geranium, grapefruit, lemongrass, sandalwood, bergamot, rosemary, lime and ylang-ylang.
PHYSICAL & AROMATIC BENEFITS: aggression, anxiety, calming, creativity, exhaustion, relaxing, self-hypnosis, stress, uplifting, acne, alopecia, bleeding, circulatory stimulant, convalescence, cuts, dermatitis, dry skin, emollient, hair loss, insomnia, muscle relaxant, muscular dystrophy, normal skin, oily skin, PMS symptoms, raises blood pressure, Raynaud's disease, shock, skin conditioner, soothing agent, wounds, wrinkles.
MAGICAL USES: healing, love.
Palmarosa is a grass. It has two varieties (also called chemotypes), namely, Motia & Sofia, which differ slightly in their aroma. Different producers give preference to different chemotypes as per the demand of the market. Extraction of essential oil is done by steam distillation of dried grass which is harvested before flowering. The chief constituents of this oil are geraniol, geranyl acetate, dipentene, linalool, limonene and myrcene. This oil smells rose-like. This oil is widely used as a flavoring agent in food & beverages, and as a scent in soap, perfume, oil, and cosmetics.
Antibacterial: kills or inhibits bacteria.
Antiseptic: a substance that inhibits the growth and reproduction of microorganisms.
Digestive: relating to the digestive tract; having the ability to promote digestion.
Febrifuge: reduces fever.
Hydrating: It helps retain the moisture in the tissues and maintains the moisture balance.
Other Benefits: When used in aromatherapy, it relaxes the muscles and nerves, fights depression, fatigue, anxiety, anger and nervousness and has an uplifting effect on the mind. Further, it helps cure sores, cracks on skin and Athlete’s Foot.
Safety Warning: This oil is considered totally safe by most, being non-irritant, non-sensitizing and nontoxic. Some sources advise against use if history of high blood pressure. Never ingest essential oils without a prescription. Use carrier oil when applying to skin.