Palmarosa Oil, Some Uses

Palmarosa Oil, Some Uses

PalmarosaFormerly known as “Indian” or “Turkish” geranium, Palmarosa oil (Cymbopogon martini var. motia) has been used for centuries to dilute the more expensive Rose oil. It has a lovely, rosy scent with a touch of lemon, wintergreen and maple leaf. It makes you think of drinking a glass of lemonade during summer days in your back yard.

Aromatic influences: Calming and uplifting. It clears the mind to help with decision-making and helps to develop wisdom. Subtle, cooling, and delicate.

Combines well with:

Geranium, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Lavender, Neroli, Melissa, Roman Chamomile, Coriander, Patchouli, Petitgrain bigarade, Orange, Tangerine, Lemon, Lime

Points of Interest

  • Has a strong scent so use sparingly.
  • Works well with Bergamot, Red Mandarin, Jasmine, Melissa and/or Frankincense for an uplifting bath blend.
  • Calms emotions.
  • Palmarosa drawingWarming to the body and helps relax tight muscles.
  • Lessons pain.
  • Could be useful for treatment for anorexia nervosa. It helps when treating a sluggish appetite.
  • Helps stimulate cellular regeneration.
  • Brings inner peace. Balancing, refreshing, and soothing.
  • Is great for skin care and is safe for all skin types.
  • Healing, regenerating, and moisturizing for skin and hair.
  • Soothes and envelops the heart.
  • Protects against emotional vulnerability.
  • Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel. That’s a great way to get started. And have fun with it!

Blue bottles and flowersRecipes

Here are a few recipes involving Palmarosa oil. To check for more, you can click on Palmarosa in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Even Out PMS Moods

  • 4 drops Palmarosa
  • 4 drops Lemon
  • 2 drops Neroli
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Massage into abdomen, using clockwise motions, twice a day. (8)

Relieve Physical Symptoms of PMS

  • 4 drops Palmarosa
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Vetiver
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Massage into abdomen, using clockwise motions, twice a day. (8)

Spray misterStress Reliever Mist Spray

  • 40 drops Petitgrain
  • 40 drops Red Mandarin
  • 40 drops Lemongrass
  • 30 drops Palmarosa
  • 4 ounces pure water

Add all ingredients to a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use and liberally spritz the room. Breathe in the aroma deeply. Can refill water 3-5 times before needing to refill the oils. Can use distilled, bottled, or spring water. You can also boil tap water at a hard boil for 15 minutes. (7)

Tone Oily or Combination Skin

  • 4 drops Palmarosa
  • 4 drops Red Mandarin
  • 2 drops Frankincense
  • 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera
  • 1 teaspoon Jojoba

Apply to face twice a day.

Insect Repellant

  • 4 drops Palmarosa
  • 2 drops Patchouli
  • 4 drops Litsea cubeba
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Rub into exposed areas. (8)

Massage, maleRomantic Massage

  • 5 drops Palmarosa
  • 5 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 5 drops Patchouli
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba

Massage formula into the back, neck, and shoulders of your partner until the oil is fully absorbed into the skin. Should be mutually reciprocated for best results. (7)

Earache Relief Mix

  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops German Chamomile
  • 6 drops Palmarosa
  • 3 drops Cardamom
  • 1/2 ounce F.C.O.

Mix together and store in a dark colored, glass bottle. Using a very small amount, massage around the back of the affected ear — outside the ear, on the side of the head. If there is an ear infection, make sure you are following a doctor’s treatment plan for the infection. (12)

Sunflower oilEczema Relief

  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops German Chamomile
  • 6 drops Palmarosa
  • 2 drops Bergamot

Mix all together. Then mix the following carrier oils together:

  • 2 ounces Almond oil
  • 1/4 ounce Jojoba oil
  • 1/2 ounce Sunflower Seed oil
  • 1/4 ounce Camellia oil
  • 6 drops Evening Primrose oil

Combine the essential oils and carrier oils mixtures together. Store in a dark colored, glass bottle. Use a small amount on the affected areas of skin, as needed. Can be used on children. (12)

Ease Mental Exhaustion Bath

  • 4 drops Palmarosa
  • 4 drops Red Mandarin
  • 1 teaspoon Jojoba

Add formula to a warm/hot bath and soak for at least 30 minutes. Can also dissolve formula in 1 cup of epsom salts and add to water to soften skin and remove impurities. (8)

Refreshing Diffusion Mix

  • 8 drops Pine Needle
  • 8 drops Spearmint
  • 4 drops Palmarosa

Add to the diffuser of your choice and enjoy the aroma. Breathe it in as deeply as you can. (8)

And finally,

Palmarosa is a fine and lovely oil that helps you feel better about life. What ways do you like to use it? What recipes are you excited to go try? Let us know in the comment section down below. We’d love to hear!



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