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17 Impressive Uses of Palmarosa Essential Oil

Written by Reannan Raine and updated on November 1, 2017
Palmarosa Essential Oil

Palmarosa essential oil is also called Indian geranium oil and palma rosa. It is steam distilled from the leaves of the palmarosa plant, which is known botanically as Cymbopogon martini. Palmarosa is a grass that is the same species as lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), but they have slightly different key constituents and uses.

Lemongrass has about half as much geranial (45%) and two to three times the amount of neral (30%). It also contains small amounts of a-pinene (5%) and camphene (1%). Palmarosa contains about 80% geraniol, 5-6% geraniol acetate, 8-9% nerol and 1% linalool.

It has antibacterial, antifungal, antigenotoxic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, cytophylactic, digestive, emollient, febrifuge, hydrating, regenerative and stimulant therapeutic properties.

1. Treat or Prevent Bacterial Infections

Bacterial infection

Mix 1 to 2 drops of palmarosa essential oil into 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil. Apply the blend on wounds and sores to prevent or even treat bacterial infections and shorten healing time. Lightly dab the oil on the wounds or sores after you wash with soap and water.

You could also use a dropper to just drip the oil blend on the sore. Apply it two to three times a day until the sores heal. Palmarosa’s antibacterial, antiseptic and regenerative properties make it one of the best oils for healing wounds.

If the sores are painful, mix 2 to 4 drops of ylang ylang essential oil into the palmarosa/carrier oil blend. Ylang ylang oil has great pain-relieving benefits.

2. Reduce Heart Palpitations

Mix 1 to 2 drops of palmarosa essential oil with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and massage it into your chest to help eliminate heart palpitations. Any type of carrier oil can be used with palmarosa oil.

*A 1% to 2% dilution rate (1 to 3 drops of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil) is fine for everyday use. Stronger dilution rates up to 6% should only be used for 10 days to 2 weeks at a time due to palmarosa’s high geraniol content.*

Important Note: Whatever you choose for an oil, make sure that the oils you purchase are high quality. Remember, you're breathing this oil into your lungs so essential oil quality is a terrible place to cut corners.

3. Boost Your Immune system

Practice palmarosa essential oil aromatherapy or use a 1% to 2% palmarosa/carrier oil blend to strengthen your immune system. Palmarosa essential oil has been clinically proven to have antigenotoxic and antioxidant properties.

Palmarosa has a lovely floral, herbaceous fragrance that is actually similar to rose essential oil. Because of this similarity, rose essential oil is often blended with palmarosa and sold as rose oil.

4. Treat Indigestion

Nausea, upset stomach or indigestion

Massage a 1% to 2% palmarosa oil/carrier oil blend into the abdomen to treat indigestion. Begin at the top, right area of the abdomen, just above the liver, and work your way all the way down. It will stimulate the production of bile and calm digestive upset.

5. Eradicate Digestive Tract Infections

Massage the abdomen with a 2% to 3% palmarosa EO/carrier oil blend to get rid of bacterial infections in the digestive tract. You can apply it two to three times a day.

*People with epilepsy should not use a palmarosa essential oil dilution rate over .5%.*

6. Treat Candida Yeast Infections

Use a 2% to 3% palmarosa oil/carrier oil blend to treat candida or yeast infections. Palmarosa essential oil has been clinically proven to kill fungi and bacteria. You can apply the blend to the genital area for vaginal yeast infections or jock itch.

You can also make palmarosa/unrefined coconut oil suppositories to insert into the vagina for treatment. Use 1 drop per teaspoon of virgin, unrefined coconut oil, divide the mixture into an ice cube tray with about 1/4 teaspoon per receptacle and chill in the refrigerator. Don’t use fractionated coconut oil for this recipe. It won’t solidify in the refrigerator.

7. Alleviate Urinary Tract Infections

Massage a 3% palmarosa essential oil/carrier oil blend into the lower abdomen directly over the bladder and on the lower back from the waistline down to treat urinary tract infections. Apply it at night before bed and again in the morning and be sure to drink plenty of water. A warm bath with 5 to 6 drops of palmarosa bath oil can also be helpful when treating UTI’s.

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8. Treat or Prevent Viral Infections

Practice palmarosa essential oil aromatherapy or apply a 1% to 2% palmarosa/carrier oil blend to your hands like hand sanitizer to fight viral infections. Palmarosa’s antiviral properties can kill the virus before it has a chance to become a viral infection.

9. Reduce Fever

Apply the 1% to 2% palmarosa essential oil/carrier oil blend to reduce fever. Its febrifuge therapeutic properties will quickly bring the fever down. Put a few drops of the blend on your fingertips and apply it to the back of the neck, chest, throat and forehead up to several times a day.

*Place a drop of a 2% palmarosa essential oil/carrier oil blend on an inconspicuous area of skin and wait for at least a few hours to make sure you aren’t sensitive to it.*

10. Calm Muscle Spasms

Muscle spasms or cramps

Massage a 1% to 2% palmarosa EO/carrier oil blend into muscles when they cramp up and or spasm for quick relief. Palmarosa’s natural antispasmodic properties will calm the muscles naturally. For relief from the pain, use a palmarosa/ylang ylang blend.

11. Soothe Nervous Tension

Practice palmarosa EO aromatherapy to reduce nervous tension. Simply add 2 to 3 drops of palmarosa essential oil to your diffuser, along with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of distilled water, and run the diffuser for 30 to 60 minutes.

12. Relieve Anxiety


Enjoy a little palmarosa aromatherapy to reduce anxiety. If you suffer anxiety attacks while you are away from home and can’t take the time for aromatherapy, keep a bottle of palmarosa essential oil with you. When you begin to feel anxious, simply take a few deep breaths through your nose directly from the bottle.

13. Relax and Reduce Stress

Woman under stress

Take advantage of palmarosa’s relaxing and calming therapeutic properties to reduce stress. Take 15 to 30 minutes of quiet time for yourself, run your diffuser with palmarosa oil in it, relax and feel the stress melt away. A warm bath with palmarosa bath oil will also do the trick.

Use a lighter oil for palmarosa bath oil. Abyssinian and grape seed oil are a couple of good bath oil options. Rosehip seed oil is a nice, light oil and would blend very well with palmarosa. Mix 2 to 4 drops of the palmarosa EO into 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and add 5 to 6 drops of the blend to your bath.

*Palmarosa essential oil should not be added to bath water before first diluting it in a carrier oil.*

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14. Treat Psoriasis and Eczema

Use a 2% to 3% palmarosa EO/carrier oil blend to treat psoriasis and eczema. Palmarosa’s soothing and regenerative properties are very good for these skin conditions. Coconut oil and rosehip seed oil are both excellent carrier oils to use for psoriasis and eczema.

15. Get Rid of Acne


Dab a few drops of a 2% to 3% palmarosa EO/carrier oil blend on each pimple with a cotton swab or your finger. Let it set for a few minutes then spread the oil that hasn’t soaked in over the rest of your skin. Argan and jojoba oils are excellent carrier oils for acne-prone skin.

They actually help regulate the skin’s natural production of sebum, which is the sticky oil that clogs pores and causes acne in the first place. Apply the palmarosa/carrier oil blend twice a day after washing with a mild cleanser.

16. Rejuvenate your Skin

Use a 1% to 3% palmarosa essential oil/carrier oil blend to rejuvenate your skin. Palmarosa has natural regenerative properties that enhance the skin’s natural ability to heal itself through quicker cell regeneration. Argan oil, jojoba oil and rosehip seed oil are fantastic carrier oils for skin rejuvenation.

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17. Kill Viruses, Bacteria and Fungi in the Home

Add palmarosa essential oil to your cleaning water to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses in your home. You can put 8 to 10 drops of palmarosa into a couple of cups of warm water, along with a few tablespoons of distilled vinegar, and use it to clean the hard surfaces in your home. You can also spray it on furniture and in sneakers to kill the harmful organisms there. Palmarosa oil also repels pests.

Was this list helpful to you? Palmarosa essential oil smell wonderful and has so many great uses. It is also a rather inexpensive oil. A 15 ml bottle usually costs around $8 to $10.

You can use this oil to protect, beautify and relieve stress for pennies a day. On top of all that, it has a wonderful, uplifting fragrance. This is definitely an essential oil to keep on hand.

Please leave a comment to let me know if this list helped and share your own experiences with palmarosa essential oil, if you have already used it. We can all learn from each other’s experience and keep adding to the on-going list of all the different ways it can be used. Be sure to share, too, so that others can become aware of all of palmarosa’s natural healing abilities.

About the author

    Reannan Raine

    Reannan worked in the non-profit sector for 30 years. Now she devotes her time to freelance writing and sharing knowledge about alternative ways to stay healthy. She believes we could all benefit from the use of fresh herbs and spices in our cooking, essential oils in our medicine cabinets and daily meditation.


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