Essential Palmarosa Oil

  • Essential Oil
  • Botanical name: Cymbopogon martinii
  • Plant part: Stems, leaves
  • Manufacturing process: Steam distillation
  • Scent: Sweet, flowery, rosy
  • Cosmetic use: Dry, mature, oily, impure skin, acne
  • Goes with: Ylang-ylang, rosemary, bergamot, geranium, lime.


Palmarosa is a wild grass native to India and is related to lemongrass. Today palmarosa is cultivated mainly in Indonesia, East Africa, Brazil and on the Comoros. The grass grows quite high, between 1.3 and 3 m, with a light green color and a strong thin trunk. Palmarosa grows slowly and takes three months to flower; after flowering it can be harvested. It was given the name Palmarosa because of its sweet-smelling, flowery rose aroma.

Extraction of essential palmarosa oil

By steam distillation, the thin light yellow oil is extracted from the dried or fresh stems and leaves.

Cosmetic use of essential palmarosa oil

Palmarosa is excellently suited for skin care. It moisturizes, balances, stimulates cell regeneration, regulates sebum production and reduces fine lines. It frees clogged pores and due to its antiseptic effect it is well suited for the treatment of acne.


The essential oil is safe to use.