Palmarosa Essential Oil Profile

Essential Oil Profile


Cymbopogon martinii var. motia

Countries of Origin

Nepal, South Africa

Plant Family


Main Chemical Components


Key Constituents (top 5) as noted on page 378 of Tisserand and Young Essential Oil Safety 2nd Edition (1):

Geraniol 74.5-81.0%

Geranyl acetate .5-10.7%

(E,Z) – Farnesol .5-6.1%

Linalool 2.6-4.5%

(E) – (B) Ocimene 1.3-3.1%

Extraction Method and Plant Part

Steam distilled from the grass of the plant.

About the Oil

                Color- clear to a light or pale yellow

                Aroma- a middle note oil that is herbaceous and with slight lemon tones

About the Plant

“This is a species of grass in the lemon grass genus native to India and Indochina but widely cultivated in many places for its aromatic oil. It is best known by the common name palmarosa. Other common names include Indian geranium, gingergrass and rosha or rosha grass.” (3)

Therapeutic Properties

Analgesic, Antibacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Antifungal, Calming, Cooling, Immune Stimulant

Energetic Properties

Chakras: 2nd, 4th, 6th

Assists with relationships and creation energy while providing perspective, balance, and being uplifting. (2)

Expected Shelf Life

5 years


Tisserand and Young recommend a 6.5% maximum dermal limit due to potential skin sensitization. (1)


1)      Tisserand and Young Essential Oil Safety 2nd Edition



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