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Palmarosa Essential Oil

Palmarosa Essential Oil

Botanical Name

Cymbopogon martini

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used



Pale Yellow



Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma


Aromatic Description

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

Palmarosa Essential Oil Uses

Sinusitis, excess mucus, cystitis, urinary tract infection, gastrointestinal disorders, scarring, wounds, acne, pimples, boils, fungal infection, general fatigue, muscular aches, overexcercised 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.]

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

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