(Cymbopogon martinii)

Family: Gramineae
Description: Palmarosa is also known as gingergrass, russa grass and East Indian geranium oil. It is a tall, aromatic, perennial free-growing grass. The essential oil is steam-distilled from the fresh or dried grass.
Countries of origin: India, Java, Seychelles, Comoro Islands

Characteristics: Palmarosa has sweet, light, floral top notes with subtle lemon and rose- geranium undertones. Its lovely, delicate, rosy floral fragrance blends well with most other essential oils.

Main therapeutic properties: Antiseptic, bactericide, cytophylactic, digestive, febrifuge, tonic.


Palmarosa is much used in all skin-care preparations for its lovely fragrance sebum-balancing and hydrating properties. It also helps to regenerate healthy new cells. Palmarosa is suited to all skin types, but is especially good for dry and slightly damaged skin, making it a useful addition to face creams, body lotions and hand creams. Overall, it is balancing, refreshing and soothing. A good digestive stimulant, palmarosa is recommended in local massage and baths for sluggish digestion and loss of appetite, and it may be useful for anorexia nervosa. It is also traditionally used to combat digestive infections, and is valuable during convalescence.
Psychologically, palmarosa is calming, uplifting and comforting and is good for stress, anxiety and restlessness, especially when these feelings have left you feeling vulnerable, lonely and insecure.