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
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.*
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.