Palmarosa Essential Oil
Latin name Cymbopogon martinii stapf var motia – Family species Graminaceae
Palmarosa is a sweet smelling grass that is also sometimes found as two words – Palma Rosa – and is also sometimes referred to as (Indian) Rosha Grass, (East) Indian Geranium, Turkish Geranium, Motia, Andropogon martinii, and Andropogon martinii var motia. Its oil has a history of being used to adulterate rose oil. Palmarosa Grass is closely related to Citronella Grass (the source of citronella essential oil) and Lemon Grass (the source of lemongrass essential oil).
Oil Selection Guide
Color – Pale yellow to olive green
Viscosity – Watery to medium
Scent – Sweet, floral, lemony, rose-like, geranium-like
Perfume Aroma – Middle / top note
Oil Source Information
Plant Type – Grass
Part Used – Whole
Countries of Origin – Nepal, India, Brazil, Africa, Indonesia, Comoro Islands
Extraction Method – Steam / water distillation
Known Chemical Constituents
geraniol, geranyl acetate, linalool, alpha humulene, beat caryophyllene, farnesol, methylheptenone, citronellol, citral, dipentene, limonene
Applications and Uses
Palmarosa is used in aromatherapy and can also be found in perfumery, cosmetics and soaps.
Palmarosa blends well with
Precautions / Contraindications
References and Resources
See Aromatherapy References and Resources page.
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