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Home Page > Essential Oil Profiles > Palmarosa Essential Oil

Palmarosa Essential Oil

Palmarosa Oil
Palmarosa Oil

Botanical Name: Cymbopogon martini

Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Part Typically Used: Leaves

Color: Pale Yellow

Consistency: Thin

Perfumery Note: Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong

Aromatic Description: Fresh, floral, sweet. Aromatically, Palmarosa Oil is somewhat similar to Geranium Oil.

Major Constituents:
Geranyl acetate
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.
[B.M. Lawrence, Progress in Essential Oils. (Perfumer & Flavorist 27 no. 1, 2002), 56-57. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 378.]

Safety Information: Tisserand and Young caution that a drug interaction may occur if using drugs metabolized by CYP2B6. They indicate that the Palmarosa Oil possesses a low risk of skin sensitization and recommend a dermal maximum of 6.5%. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 378-379.]

Shelf Life: Click here for shelf life details.


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