Native to India, Palmarosa is also grown in Vietnam and Guatemala, is a perennial herb that stands 3 meters high and belongs to the same plant family as Lemongrass. The oil has been used in Ayurveda to treat skin complaints and in Traditional Chinese medicine to calm bodily and spiritual fieriness for centuries.
Steam distilled from the dried leaves, it has a slightly similar scent to Geranium and it may sometimes be used as an aromatic substitute for it. Palmarosa essential oil is used to treat skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis, and is helpful in treating boils, abscesses and acne. Whether bacterial or viral, Palmarosa essential oil is effective at inhibiting and preventing infection and its pleasant scent may also help with depression and anxiety.
Blends well with: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Geranium, Lime, Lavender, Rose, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang
How to use:
- Combine 8 drops of Palmarosa, 6 drops of Geranium and 4 drops of Ylang Ylang in 30ml of Chickweed infused oil for a soothing balm for dry eczema.
- To clear up an abscess, add 6 drops of Palmarosa to a bowl of hot water, dip a clean cloth in the liquid, wring it out and place over the abscess. Cover in plastic wrap and a towel to hold in the warmth. Leave on until cloth starts to cool and repeat as needed.
Cautions & contraindications:
External use only. Do not use undiluted. Avoid eye area and if epileptic or pregnant. Information provided does not substitute for professional advice and care.
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