Palmarosa

Plant/part: Grass/leaves (source: india)

Latin name: Cymbopogon martini

Family: Gramineae

Note: Top

Extraction: Steam distillation

Aroma: Sweet, floral slightly dry with a hint of rose.

Properties: Light, lovely floral aroma which is uplifting. Makes a wonderful skin care oil when mixed with sweet almond. It is said to stimulate cellular regeneration and it moisturises making it particularly good for mature skin care and acne. Has a calming yet uplifting effect on the emotions. Also said to be able to refresh and clarify the mind.
Acts as a tonic to the digestive system and said to have a beneficial effect on pathogens in the intestinal flora. Could therefore be useful in dysentery and it also has a strengthening effect on stomach muscles. Stimulates the appetite and may be helpful to people suffering from anorexia nervosa. Restores water balance and stimulates natural secretion of sebum which is a useful oil for dry skin. It also helps in skin regrowth by aiding cell regeneration.

Chemical constituents: Mainly geraniol, with citronellal, citral, farnesol, limonene, dipentene.

Precautions: Unknown.

Blends: Geranium, orange, citronella, geranium.