This Palmarosa has a light, citrus and grassy top note, a sweet, heavily floral, rose-like middle note and tropical, banana-ester and wooded undertones. It blends well with Basil, Fennel, Geranium, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Pine, Thyme, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, and almost all floral oils.
Also known as rosha, Palmarosa has been distilled since the 18th century. Featured in the Indian Materia Medica, Palmarosa essential oil and the dried herb are both used in Ayurvedic medicine. Salvatore Battaglia cites a study in which Palmarosa was a highly effective repellent of malaria-carrying mosquitos. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Palmarosa is described as cooling and moistening - clearing heat and strengthening yin energy. Its ability to tonify the yin gives it a superb hydrating property. As with rose oil, Palmarosa centers, supports, and softens the Heart and Mind and encourages free-flowing adaptability. Palmarosa has a beautiful floral aroma and has been used throughout the ages to scent bath water, in perfumery and as a fragrance in soaps and massage oils.1
Therapeutic Properties Described in The Aromatherapy Literature
From The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy1:
- Antiseptic, Bactericide, Cytophylactic, Digestive, Febrifuge, Hydrating, Tonic
- Excellent antifungal, antibacterial, and insect repellant
- Recommended for nervousness and insecurity
- Emotionally calming and uplifting
From The Heart of Aromatherapy2:
- Wonderfully nourishing in skin care applications
- Gentle cooling and refreshing effects
- Emotionally comforting, reassuring, and peaceful
Application and Use
Palmarosa oil is non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician prior to use.
1 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holysitc Aromatherapy, 2003.
2 Butje, Andrea. The Heart of Aromatherapy: An Easy-to-Use Guide for Essential Oils. Hay House, Inc., 2017.