Common Name: Palmarosa
Latin Binomial: Cymbopogon martinii
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae)
Other Common Names: Motia, Rosha grass, Indian geranium
Production Method: Steam Distilled
Countries of Origin: India, Nepal
Description of Oil: pale yellow or pale olive in color, unique sweet, floral scent with a hint of rose
Description of Plant: a tufted perennial grass with numerous stiff stems, similar to lemongrass in appearance, grows wild in India particularly north-east of Bombay towards the Himalayan Mountains
History, Folklore and Myth: Palmarosa has often been used to adulterate more expensive rose oils.
Properties and Uses: Antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, vulnerary
Precautions and Contraindications: Maximum dermal use level 6.5%
Other Interesting Information: An inexpensive oil with an impressive variety of desirable qualities. Effective against viruses, yet mild and nontoxic with an attractive scent. Perfect as a central component for antiseptic skin care compositions.