Oil Summary: Palmarosa oil is steam distilled from a dried grass, whose botanical name is cybopogon martini. Palmarosa essential oil has been used in Ayurveda (Indian medicine) treatment for centuries, where it is used to reduce fever, prevent infection, and speed the healing process. It is often added to dishes in India and parts of Africa to kill bacteria in food as well as aid in digestion of fatty ingredients. Palmarosa Oil resembles lemongrass, and also citronella in appearance, and it too has a slightly lemony aroma, although its chemical constituents are quite different, prompting a unique therapeutic profile. When crushed between the hands, the grass releases a rose-like aroma. woody aspects, coming together to form a medium-strength middle fragrance note. The primary chemical components include linalool, limonene, myrcene, geraniol, geranyl acetate, and dipentene, with geraniol comprising about 80% of its volume. Geraniol has the ability to repair damaged DNA through its ability to regenerate and stimulate cell growth. Known best for its hydrating properties, it is an excellent addition to skin preparations and healing compounds. The ancient Egyptians used palmarosa as incense, specifically in the temples of the initiates. This could be due to the fact that palmarosa helps to open the heart chakra, releasing emotions and chasing away fear and self-doubt. Other interesting uses for palmarosa essential oil is as a flavoring for tobacco, though it is most often found in skin preparations.
Odor and color : The oil is pale straw-yellow or olive colored in appearance, and releases a distinctively sweet, rose or geranium floral aroma with spicy, fruity and slightly woody aspects, coming together to form a medium-strength middle fragrance note.
Country of origin : India
Botanical name : Cymbopogan martini
Contraindications : Though palmarosa essential oil is generally regarded as non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing, and safe for consumption, it is always recommended not to take any essential oil internally unless you are under the direct supervision of a qualified practitioner. It should also be noted that less reputable producers may adulterate the oil with cedar or turpentine, which can indeed cause problems for many. Always heed recommended dilution factors and test on a small area of insensitive skin before applying liberally. Palmarosa essential oil is not recommended for use on children under the age of six and should be used with caution on animals, especially cats, who could be highly allergic to any potential adulterants.
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