Green Valley Aromatherapy

Palmarosa

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General Properties

  • antibacterial
  • antifungal
  • anti-infectious
  • anti-microbial
  • antiseptic
  • anti-viral
  • bactericidal, large spectrum
  • cellular stimulant
  • cytophylactic
  • digestive stimulant
  • febrifuge
Origin: Nepal. Steam distilled from the grass. Top note.

Description

Palmarosa is steam distilled utilizing the entire grassy plant to produce a pale yellow oil with the main active constituent being geraniol (usually between 75% and 95%). It is a scented grass in the same family as lemon grass. Some of its countries of origin are Brazil, Africa and Central America.

Palmarosa is probably best known for its valuable roll in skincare, as it helps to hydrate and stimulate the skin's cellular regeneration (cytophylactic). Keeping this in mind, it may, with regular use, help to decrease the appearance of wrinkles and crepey skin. It also has the power to help the skin in balancing the production of sebum. Its antiseptic properties make it useful for acne, some forms of dermatitis and even some minor skin irritations.

Palmarosa oil has a strong reputation for its powerful, wide spectrum, bactericide capabilities. It has been tested on Escherichia Coli bacteria and was found to kill it in 5 minutes!

Palmarosa has been used in the treatment of anorexia to help stimulate the appetite and help to improve sluggish digestion (digestive stimulant).

This oil blends especially well with Geranium.

Specific Cautions

May irritate sensitive skin. Avoid during pregnancy. Increases phot-sensitivity.

References

Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications

Botanical Name: Cymbopogon martinii
Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Appearance: Clear Liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: A MSDS sheet is available for this product.