Palmarosa Oil

Palmarosa oil is obtained from a rosha grass, of the same family as citronella and lemongrass. Because the high geraniol content makes it smell rose like, this oil is often used to adulterate rose essential oil. It’s shaken with Arabic solution and left in the sun, a process which makes it lighter in color, thus more like rose oil.

This oil has also been known as East Indian geranium oil, Indian grass oil, Rusa oil, or Turkish geranium oil.

Palmarosa oil has also been shown to be an effective insect repellant when applied to beans and grain. In addition, its effective against nematodes, an antifungal, and mosquito repellant.

It’s used in love-attracting rituals.

Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Botanical Name - Cymbopogon martini

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Grass

Note Classification - Middle

Aroma - Sweet, floral, rosy, geranium-like

Color – Colorless to light yellow

Largest Producing Countries - Nepal, India, and Pakistan

Traditional Use - It’s used extensively as a fragrance component in cosmetics, perfumes, and especially soaps due to excellent tenacity. It’s used for the isolation of natural geraniol.

Properties - Antibacterial, antibiotic, antifungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antiviral, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, digestive, emollient, febrifuge, nervine, stimulant (digestive, circulatory), tonic (heart), and vermifuge.

Benefits - Acne, anorexia, athlete’s foot and other fungal infections, bronchitis, convalescence, cryptococcus, dermatitis, digestive atonia, eczema, general fatigue, intestinal infections, mature skin, nervous exhaustion and stress related conditions, regeneration of the skin, regulates oil production of the skin, scar tissue, skin infections, tissue regeneration, uterine tonic, vaginal infections, and wrinkles.

Blends Well With - Amyris, bay, bergamot, cananga, cedarwood, chamomile roman, clary sage, clove, coriander, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, guaiacwood, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, oakmoss, orange, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, rosemary, rosewood, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.

Safety Data - Palmarosa oil non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing.

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Elaborate Blue Door, the Blue Town of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India,

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