Palmarosa is a very skin-protective essential oil.
In “The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy,” Salvatore Battaglia says that it hydrates skin, has antiseptic properties, balances all skin types, regulates sebum production (the oil that your skin produces), and can stimulate cellular regeneration.
Palmarosa essential oil is also deeply supportive of restoring strength, opening your heart, and boosting immunity. It’s perfect for massage sessions and warm baths right before bed (when its soothing influence on the nervous system help you slip off to sleep).
Here are a few Palmarosa blends that can help you get to know this essential oil like a friend.
Use Palmarosa essential oil in a natural bug spray.
Going for walks, spending time outside with friends, or working in your garden can be so relaxing . . . assuming you don’t get eaten alive by bugs!
That’s where Palmarosa essential oil can help. It’s very protective of your personal space, and repels insects that might bite or sting your skin. I like to use it in natural bug repellent.
Here’s one of my favorite recipes. Combine these ingredients in a 4 oz (120 ml) spray bottle:
- 4 oz (120 ml) German Chamomile hydrosol (Matricaria recutita)
- 8 drops Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini motia)
- 8 drops Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi)
- 4 drops Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin)
- 6 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
This blend smells amazing! It has no harsh scents that can sometimes “repel” people from bug repellents. I recommend making a fresh bottle of it every few weeks, since it’s not made with a preservative.
Add Palmarosa to soothing massage blends and bath oils.
Have you ever had a massage and felt so relaxed, reassured, and healthy afterward—but found yourself wishing for another massage a few days later?
One way to re-inspire that sense of comfort is to use the same aroma in a bath salt that was used during your massage. Scent affects the limbic system (the seat of our emotions), so our bodies respond to it quickly.
I’d like to share an essential oil blend that you can use in a base of jojoba massage oil as well as bath salts:
- 6 drops Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini motia)
- 4 drops Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin)
You can blend those oils into a base of either:
- For massage oil: 1 oz (30 ml) jojoba wax (Simmondsia chinensis)
- For a bath salt: 1 oz (30 ml) natural salts (I like pink Himalayan salts) and 1 tablespoon of jojoba wax
To make your massage oil, add the essential oils and jojoba to a 1 oz (30 ml) glass jar, close the lid, and shake.
To make your bath salt, simply put the salt in a 1 oz (30 ml) container, and drop the oils and jojoba right into the salt, stirring as you go. This makes enough for two baths (I use about 5 drops of essential oil per bath), but if you like the blend you can increase the recipe. The bath salt doesn’t include a preservative, so if you do increase the recipe just be sure to make a fresh jar every few weeks.
Dust mites don’t like Palmarosa!
Dust mites. Nobody wants to talk about them, because nobody feels like they can do anything about them.
Dust mites live on dust, which is easily collected by your bed linens (and upholstery, and carpet, and all over your house!). They cause a lot of allergies.
Fortunately, there are natural ways to reduce dust mite infestations. The Mayo Clinic has a great list of tips—click here!
In 2008, a study published in the Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology demonstrated that dust mites do not like geraniol, a naturally-occurring component in many essential oils. Spray geraniol on a piece of linen, and dust mites will vacate the area. (I wrote a blog post about this several years ago. You can read it here if you’d like more information about this.)
Palmarosa essential oil has a very high concentration of geraniol. So guess what you can use it for?
Here’s an excellent linen spray recipe that helps keep those dust mites away!
- 8 oz (240 ml) water in a spray bottle
- 60 drops Palmarosa essential oil (Cymbopogon martini motia)
- 20 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
To get the most out of your linen spray, first wash your linens in very hot water. Then use the spray several times a day. The ingredients are very skin-friendly and relaxing, so it’s nice to wrap yourself up in the sheets at the end of the day.
I recommend making a fresh bottle of this blend every few weeks, since it’s not made with a preservative.
Four cooling summer blends with Palmarosa essential oil.
Palmarosa is a great essential oil to use for summer Aromatherapy blends! It’s cooling and soothing, can repel insects (and those smaller “bugs”—microbes), and supports immunity.
So I’ve got four suggestions for blends you can make with Palmarosa to get a head start on summer.
- A jojoba massage oil (Simmondsia chinensis)
- A body cream to help you sleep (You can use your favorite unscented natural cream.)
- A bedtime bath salt (I like pink Himalayan salt.)
- A linen spray (1 oz/30 ml of water is a great base.)
Now I’m going to share a few great essential oils to use together in these carriers, and let you get creative with coming up with your own aromas. Try Palmarosa with Sandalwood in the massage oil, or Palmarosa and Patchouli in the bath salt. Just add one drop at a time to each blend, to be sure you like the aroma you’re creating.
- Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini motia)
- Sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum)
- Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin)
- Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
The rule of thumb when blending for children is to use about 5 to 6 drops of essential oil for every 1 oz (30 ml) of carrier.
For adults you can use 10 to 15 drops for every 1 oz (30 ml) of carrier.
For the body cream and linen spray, I suggest making your blends fresh every few weeks, since they are not made with preservatives.
Palmarosa is a great ingredient for natural soaps.
One of Palmarosa essential oil’s main components is geraniol, which makes it especially cooling, antifungal, and destructive to viruses and bacteria.
Does it sound like a great ingredient for natural homemade soap? (It is!)
Here’s a recipe for luxurious foam soap you can use in your office or bathroom. It also makes a great travel soap.
- 40 ml castile soap
- 10 drops Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini motia)
- 10 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
- 2 drops Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
You can make this blend in a 50 ml foam soap pump (which I like to get at Aromatics International). Once you pour the castile soap into the bottle, you’ll see there’s a little room left—that’s intentional, because when you screw on the lid, the liquid will rise (you don’t want it to spill over).
This foam soap is especially reliable if you’ve got any cuts or scrapes on your hands. Its anti-inflammatory and bacteria reducing effects are gentle, yet effective.
Get to know Palmarosa.
Palmarosa essential oil’s gentle effect on skin, combined with its strong actions against germs and microbes, makes it a wonderful go-to oil for a wide variety of potent yet nourishing blends. And it smells amazing!
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