Palmarosa Essential Oil: The Unsung Hero of Aromatherapy

Palmarosa Essential Oil: The Unsung Hero of Aromatherapy

Not many people know about this amazing essential oil and that is why this post is important. 

Palmarosa is one of my favourite essential oils to work with in formulations for skincare and for candle making and I am about to tell you why...

For one, I like underdogs. And Palmarosa is indeed one of the most underrated oils in the market. But it shouldn't be. 

Secondly, it smells wonderful in a herbal, woody kind of way. It has a strong note of rosiness, musky to some and heady to others. It blends very well with rose, geranium, and helichrysum - all having similar rosy elements. It also blends well with sandalwood and patchouli.

This oil is considered a middle note oil but I sometimes think it also works as a base oil with its deep woody-musky undernotes that linger throughout. 

The palmarosa oil I work with comes from India, one of the best places to source for this therapeutic oil. 

Got your attention yet?

And I haven't even started with the benefits...

First I will cover the more popular benefits of Palmarosa Essential Oil before going into the lesser known benefits that make this oil such a joy to work with.

Skincare Loving

Palmarosa is widely used in skincare. You will find its scientific name Cymbopogon martinii familiar on cosmetic labels. It helps sooth irritated areas and rejuvenate damaged skin. 


Palmarosa oil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions, both of which are important in skin healing. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine for skin problems.

Fungus Killer

This oil has broad-spectrum antifungal activity against yeasts such as Candida albicans. Along with antibacterial properties, it makes a popular ingredient for foot soaks and odor products. 

Anxiety Relief

This oil has a calming effect on the mind when breathed in as an inhaler, diffuser or by steam. It aids in panic attacks and anxiety. It helps to open the heart and release the breath.

Pain Relief

Palmarosa has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties that helps in aches, arthritis and inflammation. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat nerve pain. I like to blend this oil into massage oils especially for this property. 

Lesser known benefits coming up...

Neuroprotective properties 

I started paying more attention to this oil while creating a blend for a patient suffering from nerve damage. Palmarosa popped up in several areas of my research citing relief and support for neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Isn't that interesting? 

Airborne Antimicrobial

Palmarosa can be diffused to help disinfect the air. It has antibacterial and antifungal actions (such as against yeast). This is one of my favourite oils when blending for an air-cleansing diffuser or candle.

Mite Control

Also, did you know that along with tea tree, clove, and eucalyptus, palmarosa is known as an effective mite and tick killer. Research cited it affective against cattle tick in particular. While not many people deal with mites or even cattle ticks, it's still an interesting fact to know, don't you think?

Immune support

Using Palmarosa in skincare or by breathing it in promotes immune system support and helps the body heal from all sorts of infections. Definitely an oil you want to have around the house. 

We hope you found this article interesting. Many of the facts were researched from articles written by Aromahead Institute USA. 

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Yein is the founder of Craftiviti and Yein&Young as well as a certified aromatherapist and organic cosmetic chemist.


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