The health benefits of Palma Rosa Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiSeptic
, bactericidal, Cytophylactic
, febrifuge and hydrating substance.
Palma Rosa is a grass whose botanical name is Cymbopogon Martini. It has two varieties, also called chemotypes, Motia & Sofia, which differ slightly in their Aroma
. Different producers give preference to different chemotypes depending on the demand of the market.
Extraction of this essential oil is done by steam distillation of dried grass which is harvested before flowering.
The chief constituents of this oil are geraniol, geranyl acetate, dipentene, linalool, limonene and myrcene. This oil smells like rose oil, which is how it got the name Palma Rosa. This is also why it is sometimes used in place of rose oil and is often adulterated with rose oil, since it is cheaper.
This oil is widely used as a flavoring agent in the food and industry, as well as in soap, perfume, oil and cosmetics industries. It also has many medicinal uses, which we will explore in greater detail below.
Health Benefits of Palma Rosa Essential Oil
Febrifuge: The essential oil of Palma Rosa is capable of reducing Fever
by virtue of it Antiviral
l and antiSeptic
properties. Therefore, whether the Fever
is due to either viral or Bacteria
, this oil can help you cool it down and soothe your system.
: Dealing with Virus
es is not an easy task, and it is very different than killing Bacteria
es develop a protective coating on them, called a cyst, which protects them from the extreme conditions of their surroundings, and is so tough that it can withstand almost anything. Virus
es remain dormant within their cyst until it finds a host, which is when the cyst opens up and the Virus
comes out of its dormancy and starts multiplying. It is at this stage that the Essential Oil of Palma Rosa curbs and inhibits the duplication of the Virus
and successfully eliminates it.
also occurs in vulnerable internal organs such as the Urinary
tracts, Urinary Bladder
, urethra, Colon
, and Kidney
s. It does not only trigger sudden, acute and nearly unbearable Pain
, but also results in Cramps
s. Therefore, it is always advisable to take care of Wound
s and any type of Infection
, specifically in the genito-Urinary
organs. This can be accomplished with the help of this oil. When applied externally on Wound
s, it protects them from Infection
s and also kills the Bacteria
that have already grown on them. When taken internally, Palma Rosa oil inhibits the Bacteria
l growth in the genito-Urinary
tracts and provides effective protection against Septic
Bactericide: The essential oil of Palma Rosa is bactericidal in nature and inhibits Bacteria
l growth by killing them. It is also good at curing internal Bacteria
s like Colitis
and those of the Colon
, Urinary Bladder
, urethra, Urinary
tracts, and Kidney
s. It also prevents external Bacteria
s on the Skin
, armpits, head, eyebrows, eyelids, and ears.
: Palma Rosa oil is Cytophylactic
in nature, which means that it promotes the growth of cells and the recycling of cellular matter. Thus, it helps repair the damages done to the body by aging, like natural wear and tear, as well as from Wound
s and various other factors. It also aids in the overall growth of the body. Since it also promotes growth of the defensive cells of the body, it is considered a good way to strengthen the Immune
: Aiding Digestion
is yet another beneficial property of this oil. The secretion of Digestive
juices into the Stomach
is stimulated by this oil, thereby promoting Digestion
. It also aids in the absorption of the nutrients from food, making your Digestive
process more efficient.
: Many people are very familiar with the word "Septic
", but they do not seem to understand its gravity, as most of us have not experienced it. It is a very Pain
ful situation caused due to an Infection
s are highly prone to Infection
s, since they are open and unprotected.
Hydrating: This is one of the soothing properties of Palma Rosa essential oil. It helps your body retain the moisture in the tissues and maintains the moisture balance throughout your body. Therefore, this can relieve Inflammation
and certain other symptoms of dehydration, and is particularly good for the Skin
. It keeps the Skin
soft, moist, and looking young.
When used in Aroma
therapy treatments, Palma Rosa oil relaxes the Muscle
s and Nerve
s, fights Depression
, anger and Nervous
ness, while also having an uplifting effect on the mind. Furthermore, it helps cure Sores
, cracks on the Skin
A Few Words of Caution
This oil is considered completely safe, since it is a non-irritant, non-sensitizing and non-toxic substance.
Blending: The essential oils of geranium, bergamot, rosemary, lime and ylang-ylang blend very well with the essential oil of Palm Rosa.
Benefits Of Palmarosa Essential Oil
therapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art states palmarosa can relieve Stress
exhaustion, balance oil production for Skin
, is useful for reducing Acne
and Varicose veins
therapy: You can use palmarosa oil for daily Skin
care, to Rejuvenat
e damaged Skin
, to sooth minor Skin
irritations, to relieve sore Muscle
s and joints, and for emotional comfort and Relaxation
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aroma
therapy recommends palmarosa for excess mucous, Gastrointestin
al problems, Scarring
, pimples, Boils
, fungus, general fat
, irritability, restlessness, and Insect Bites
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): Palmarosa is useful in Skin
care, may help some Digestive
problems, and can help relieve Nervous
exhaustion and Stress
therapy For Healing the Spirit: In Traditional Chinese Medicine the energy of palmarosa oil is cool and moist, clearing heat and strengthening yin energy. The oil is helpful for dry, undernourished Skin
, and Dermatitis
. Palmarosa also reinforces Heart
-yin, calms the Mind (Shen), encourages free-flowing adaptability, and supports a feeling of security.
tica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume I: Psychologically, palmarosa promotes emotional openness, insight, support, and security. Physically, the essential oil restores hypoTonic
/weak conditions and acts to balance. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the essential function of palmarosa is to nourish Heart
Blood and to strengthen the spleen and the Shen.
The Essential Guide to Aroma
therapy and Vibrational Healing: Spiritually, palmarosa clears your aUric
field and is useful in Meditation
to expand your sphere of love. The essential oil also decompresses and releases pressure in your mind. Emotionally, the oil helps relieve Anxiety
and you can use the oil to help you let go of problems you really want to release.
therapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Palmarosa calms and supports all levels of healing. The oil is especially useful for the third Chakra
to promote self-acceptance and personal growth.
Palmarosa Oil Uses
Blends suggested in Aroma
Palmarosa + lavender to help relieve Depression
Palmarosa + clary sage for burnout
Palmarosa + geranium for fungus
Three ways to use palmarosa:
Make a general massage oil for well-being by blending 5 drops essential oil into 1 teaspoon carrier oil.
Use palmarosa neat (undiluted) on Athlete
's foot, according to Essential Oils: Natural Remedies.
Diffuse the essential oil in areas where healing is offered, according to Subtle Aroma
For a romantic bath, blend 3 drops palmarosa and 2 drops rose essential oil in a teaspoon of milk or carrier oil. Stir the blend into your bath.
Make a Hair
mask for oily Hair
2 drops palmarosa
2 drops cedarwood essential oil
4 drops lemon essential oil
1 tablespoon warmed olive or jojoba oil
Blend ingredients. Massage the blend into your Hair
. Wrap your Hair
in a towel (or in plastic wrap covered with a towel). Leave for 1 hour or overnight, and then wash your Hair
as usual. Adapted from Suzanne Banks.
Make a Skin
-friendly, relaxing linen spray to keep away dust mites:
4 ounces distilled water in a spray bottle
30 drops palmarosa essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
For best results, first wash linens in hot water. Then use the spray several times a day. Adapted from Aroma
Make a natural Insect
1/2 cup orange flower hydrosol
9 drops palmarosa
9 drops citronella essential oil
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle. Spritz over your body as needed, avoiding your eyes
areas. Adapted from Base Formula.