Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii) is a tropical grass that is native to India and Africa. It is a perennial plant that can grow up to 2-4 feet in height, with long, thin leaves and a sweet, floral aroma. The Greek words “kymbe,” meaning “boat,” and “pogon,” meaning “beard,” gave rise to the botanical name “Cymbopogon,” referencing the shape of the plant’s inflorescence. The species “martinii” refers to the botanist who first described the plant.
Palmarosa essential oil is extracted from the leaves and stalks of the plant through steam distillation. The versatility of the oil has gained widespread popularity, and various fields, including aromatherapy, perfumery, and natural medicine, utilize it. The oil has a sweet, floral, and rosy aroma and is known for its rejuvenating and hydrating properties. You can inhale it directly, add it to a diffuser, or dilute it with a carrier oil and apply it topically to the skin.
Botanical Name: Cymbopogon martinii
CAS# : 8014-19-5
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Solubility : Soluble in most fixed oils and propylene glycol
Colour & Odor: Pale Yellow colour with the fresh, floral and sweet aroma
Constituents : (E)-β-Ocimene, linalool, geraniol, geranyl acetate and (E,Z)-farnesol
Specific Gravity: 0.8815± 0.0002
Flash Point: 89.4° C
Optical Rotation : – 1,4 to + 3
Major Constituents : (E)-β-Ocimene, linalool, geraniol, geranyl acetate and (E, Z)-farnesol
Palmarosa essential oil has a wide range of applications and benefits, some of the most notable include:
- Aromatherapy: The sweet, floral aroma of palmarosa essential oil makes it a popular choice for aromatherapy. Inhaling the oil or adding it to a diffuser can help to uplift mood, improve mental clarity, and concentration, and reduce stress and anxiety.
- Skincare: Palmarosa essential oil is known for its hydrating properties. It can be used to improve the health of the skin, especially dry or mature skin. It is also beneficial for treating skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.
- Hair care: Palmarosa essential oil can be used to strengthen hair and promote hair growth.
- Natural remedy: Palmarosa essential oil is often used as a natural remedy to improve digestion, reduce fever, and alleviate muscle and joint pain.
- Perfumery: Palmarosa essential oil is commonly used in perfumery due to its sweet, floral and rosy aroma.
- Cleaning: The oil is also a natural cleaner, it can be added to laundry, dishwasher and other cleaning solutions to leave a fresh and calming scent in the surroundings.
It’s important to note that palmarosa essential oil should be used in moderation and always be diluted before using it topically, as it can cause skin irritation in some people. Always consult a healthcare professional before using any essential oil.