Palma Rosa Aromatherapy
“Palmarosa is widely used in Ayurvedic skin care. It is good for all skin types because it is a cellular stimulator and supports all cell regulation. It’s highly antiseptic, calming, uplifting and anti-depressive.”
Palma Rosa (botanical name Cymbopogon martini) is basically a grass that grows in the wild. This herb-like green and straw-hued grass has elongated thin stems and produces flowers at their terminals. The leaves of this wild grass are aromatic. While the grass is generally harvested prior to the appearance of the flowers, the maximum yield is attained when the grass has dried completely – usually after a week of cutting them.
Palma Rosa is native to India and the oil extracted from it has an aroma similar to that of rose. Owing to its fragrance Palma Rosa oil is widely used as an ingredient in perfumes, soaps and cosmetics. In addition, Palma Rosa essential oil also has several medicinal uses and is particularly effective in skin care, as it possesses moisturizing properties. Use of Palma Rosa oil encourages cell regeneration and also controls the production of sebum, thereby bestowing the oil with age-defying attributes. In addition, Palma Rosa oil is beneficial for the digestive system and was incorporated into Indian curry dishes as well as the meat dishes of West Africa with a view to eliminate bacteria as well as help in digestion. Palma Rosa essential oil is popular among aromatherapists owing to its skin conditioning attributes as well as its soothing and flower-like aroma.
Palma Rosa essential oil is extracted by means of steam distilling the dried grass, which is collected prior to their flowering. Chemical analysis of Palma Rosa essential oil has revealed that its main constituents include dipentene, geraniol, geranyl acetate, limonene, linalool and myrcene. As mentioned earlier, the aroma of this essential oil is akin to that of rose oil and this is why the herb has been named Palma Rosa. In fact, the similarity of its aroma and rose oil is also one of the reasons why Palma Rosa essential oil is occasionally used as a substitute for rose oil. In addition, Palma Rosa essential oil is also frequently adulterated with rose oil, as it is inexpensive compared to the latter.
Regeneration and rejuvenation of the skin is a comforting attribute of Palma Rosa essential oil. This property of Palma Rosa oil aids in retaining the moisture of our body inside the tissues and, at the same time, maintains the balance of moisture all over the body. Hence, this oil can also be employed to alleviate inflammation and specific symptoms related to dehydration. Precisely speaking, this essential oil is excellent for the health of your skin. Use of Palma Rosa essential oil helps to keep the skin moist, soft and youthful looking.
Blends well with
sore, stiff muscles
minor skin infections
sore, tired feet
urinary bladder infections
urinary tract infections
The essential oil of Palma Rosa is believed to be absolutely safe for use by most people. Use of this oil does not cause any irritation and it is a non-toxic and non-sensitizing substance.