East Indian geranium, Turkish geranium, Indian rosha, motia.
Description and Distribution
A fragrant grass related to lemongrass and citronella. Palmarosa is native to India, though cultivated in Africa, Madagascar, Indonesia, Brazil and the Comoros Islands, where most of the oil is produced.
Steam distillation of the fresh or dried grass.
Nature of the Oil
A yellowish-green liquid. The strong, sweet aroma is geranium-like but with an earthy undertone. Its odour effect is uplifting and stimulating.
Mainly geraniol (between 75 and 95 per cent) with citronellal, citral, farnesol, limonene, dipentene.
Skin care (especially oily or dehydrated skin), acne, boils, wounds, loss of appetite, digestive upsets, feverish conditions, nervous exhaustion and other stress-related concerns.
Blends Well With
Cedarwood, citrus essences, chamomile (Roman), coriander, lavender, patchouli, petitgrain, sandalwood. The oil is highly odoriferous, so use sparingly.
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Generally regarded as non-irritant to skin, but only if used in low concentrations of around 1 per cent.
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