Palmarosa Essential Oil
As with Lemongrass and Citronella, Palmarosa is a grass that belongs to the Gramineae/Poaceae family. However, their properties and safety recommendations are different, so it's important not to assume that these three oils can be treated identically.
Aromatically, Palmarosa Essential Oil has a slight similarity to Geranium Essential Oil and can sometimes be used as an aromatic substitute.
In general terms, Palmarosa Essential Oil contains approximately 70-80% monoterpenes, 10-15% esters and around 5% aldehydes. It does not contain the abundance of citral (aldehyde) that Lemongrass Essential Oil and Citronella Essential Oil possesses.
In skin care, Palmarosa Essential Oil can be helpful for balancing dry, oily and combination skin types. A little goes a long way in skin care applications.
For emotional applications, Palmarosa Essential Oil can be helpful during times of anxiety and can be comforting and help soothe grief, emotional wounds and help diminish anger. Robbie Zeck beautifully explains that Palmarosa Essential Oil "...opens the doorway of the heart to bring love and forgiveness to traumatic events." [Robbi Zeck, ND, The Blossoming Heart: Aromatherapy for Healing and Transformation (Victoria, Australia: Aroma Tours, 2008), 102.]
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Strength of Initial Aroma
Fresh, floral, sweet.
Palmarosa Essential Oil Uses
Sinusitis, excess mucus, cystitis, urinary tract infection, gastrointestinal disorders, scarring, wounds, acne, pimples, boils, fungal infection, general fatigue, muscular aches, over-excercised muscles, stress, irritability, restlessness, insect bites and stings. [Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016, 611.]
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.]
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.]
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