Essential Oil of Palma Rosa (cymbopogen martini)


Family: Cymbopogon martini

Origin: Originally from India but can also be obtained from Madagascar and the Comoros Islands.

Plant description: A wild grass that is harvested before the flowers appear

Part of plant used for essential oil: Grass

Extraction method: Steam

Main Chemical Constituents: Geraniol, Citronellol, Farnesol (Alcohols), Citral, Citronellal (Aldehydes), Geranyl acetate (Ester), Dipentene, Limonene (Terpenes)

PRECAUTIONS: Has no contraindications and is considered a safe, non-toxic and non-sensitizing oil.

PROPERTIES: Antispetic, antiviral, bacteriacide, cytophylactic, febrifuge




Digestive: Tonifies the digestive system and clears pathogens from the intestinal flora. Can be used to fight dysentery and strengthen stomach muscles. It is an appetite stimulant and its positive effect on the emotions make it a good oil for those suffering from anorexia.

Immune System: Can reduce fever through cooling the body. Its antibacterial and antiviral actions weaken bacteria and viruses.

Nervous system:

Mental/Emotional: Has a calming and refreshing effect on the mind while uplifting emotions. It is beneficial for those experiencing grief, insecurity, or defensiveness.

Reproductive: Due to its calming effect on the mind, it can be helpful to combat negative emotions during PMS

Skin care: Balances sebum production and is useful for dry skin. It regenerates skin cells which is useful for anti-aging products. It is useful for eczema and psoriasis.


About this essential oil: The name palmarosa was given due to its similarity to rose oil. The Turks would blend palmarosa to the more expensive rose oil to lessen the cost. Geraniol makes up 70-80% of this oil which makes it useful in reprogramming cellular memory and repairs damaged DNA.



  1. The Directory of Essential Oils- Wanda Sellar pages 130-131

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