Palmarosa essential oil is refreshing and rejuvenating. It has a sweet floral fragrance and its performance in cellular support and skin health make it highly valuable in skin care products, soaps, and beauty products. Palmarosa is closely related to lemongrass and citronella but the smell is actually closer to roses. It is often used as a cheaper substitute to rose oil which is quite pricey.
The esters in palmarosa, such as geranyl acetate make this oil good for skin problems and scarring. The high concentration of alcohols, especially geranol, give it an uplifting aroma and its documented antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. It is perfect for any skin issues, such as what teens face during puberty. It makes a great skin conditioning agent and toner. It conditions by helping keep the skin supple and elastic. It supports skin cells and helps them regenerate to keep the skin healthy and younger looking. It hydrates the skin and stimulates new cell growth and cell repair. It also helps balance the skin’s natural sebum production.
It is greatly beneficial when added to lotions, anti aging creams, toners, facial mists, facial masks, acne creams, and other beauty products.
The oil is also commonly used for digestive support as a soothing tonic. Adding a couple drops to bath water or to some almond oil and massaging the tummy is sure to help with digestion.
It being so closely related to citronella also makes this another great oil for keeping insects at bay.
It diffuses beautifully with bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, clary sage, frankincense, ginger, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, orange, rosemary, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.
Palmarosa is also a mild aphrodisiac. It was once thought that the perfume of palmarosa would evoke the love goddess Venus. Scenting the body with palmarosa was also supposed to surround the wearer with an aura of love and tranquility. You can boost its properties in this regard by mixing it with other essential oils known for boosting sex drive such as ylang ylang and sandalwood.