Aromatherapy: Healing with Palmarosa

Palmarosa comes from a tropical grass that is closely related to lemongrass and citronella and shares some of their uplifting qualities. Originally from India, there are two varieties: sofia and motia, of which sofia gives a finer aroma. To test the quality of palmarosa, tap the bottle on the palm of your hand, if the rising bubbles quickly disappear, the oil is of a good quality.

The many qualities of palmarosa

Palmarosa strengthening actions on the nervous system make it a useful oil for relieving nervous tension, stress and anxiety. Its use is believed to clarify the mind, enhance self-image and promote positive thought. It is a tonic for the digestion and circulation. However, palmarosa is most valued for its skincare properties. As an ingredient of soaps and a cosmetic perfume, it hydrates skin and stimulates skin growth.

Active Ingredients of Palmarosa

High levels of alcohols and other compounds contribute to palmarosa's uplifting effects.


These may make up to 10% of the oil. Esters such as geranyl acetate prevent scarring and fight infections.


High concentrations of alcohols give palmarosa its uplifting and refreshing properties. The main alcohol, geranol, gives it a powerful aroma and antiseptic action. It is also an ingredient of the closely related lemongrass and citronella oils.


This aldehyde compound is present in low concentration, but it is active in balancing and seating the nervous system.

Uses of Palmarosa

Palmarosa is not just valued for its intoxicating, relaxing aroma. It is also a hugely beneficial oil for the skin, for relaxation and for boosting your sex drive.

Rejuvenating Beauty Oil

Palmarosa's hydrating and regenerating action make it a valuable beauty oil.

Body Oil Blend

5 drops palmarosa
3 drops chamomile
2 drops carrot seed
35ml sweet almond

Blending oils

Face rinse

Refresh and moisturise dry skin with an aromatherapy face rinse. Fill a basin with warm water, adding 2 drops each of palmarosa and lavender.

Sexual Healing

Palmarosa's aphrodisiac properties are enhanced by oils such as ylang ylang.

Sensual vaporising blend

Create a sensual atmosphere by blending in a vaporiser.

3 drops palmarosa
3 drops sandalwood
3 drops lavender

Aphrodisiac massage

To give your partner a massage, blend:

2 drops each palmarosa and jasmine
5 drops ylang ylang
35ml sweet almond oil

Uplifting Palmarosa Oil

aromatherapy bathing

Clear and calm your mind at the end of the day with the soothing but energising aroma of palmarosa oil.

For an uplifting bath, add a few drops of refreshing palmarosa, some zingy bergamot and harmonising lavender.

Unwind after a stressful day with some relaxing music and a blend of palmarosa, lavender and rosewood in a room vaporiser.

Folklore of Palmarosa

The exquisite perfume of palmarosa has long been associated with gentle healing an love.

Palmarosa is dedicated to the love goddess, Venus. The oil was used as an ingredient in perfume that was worn to evoke the goddess.

The Ancient Egyptians burned incense containing palmarosa in their temples. It was believed to call on the gods to heal their loved ones.

Scenting the body with palmarosa is believed to surround the wearer with an aura of love and tranquillity.

Antiseptic Digestive Tonic

For a soothing digestive tonic, utilise palmarosa for its antiseptic actions.

Abdominal massage

stimulate appetite with a massage. Blend:

3 drops palmarosa
1 drop lime
20ml sweet almond oil

Help your digestive system

Restore the balance of your digestive system by adding 3-4 drops of palmarosa to a bath or massage blend.