Palmarosa Essential Oil Benefits: Health In The Palm Of Your Hand!
If you’re a keen camper or love the outdoors in general like I do, then you’ll know how important packing correctly is. I mean, the last thing anyone wants is to find themselves deep in the wilderness without any of the essential items you need. Sometimes, the situation you’re in might take a drastic change and you’ll find yourself heaving a sigh of relief when you find the tool you’re looking for, or that extra bottle of water -- or possibly that sinking feeling of regret for not packing either in your bag! If you’re camping overnight, then you’ll generally be packing a bit more.
Including all the essential items you’ll normally have with you, packing in an insect repellent is always a must -- regardless of where you’re camping. Being bitten will definitely make for an uncomfortable night’s sleep and worse, could even be poisonous. So protecting yourself is very important -- but don’t turn to a chemical treatment! They’re costly and can have really harmful effects on your skin, not to mention various poisonous ingredients.
Among other uses, I highly recommend bringing a vial of palmarosa oil with you as a natural repellent. It works like a charm, smells great and will leave your skin feeling fresh and moisturized. To find out more about the various uses and properties of this amazing oil -- continue reading!
What Is Palmarosa Essential Oil? Where Does It Come From?
Palmarosa is a sweet smelling grass that has a scent similar to that of the rose flower. The plant is native to India and is able to grow in a variety of conditions -- making it popular for global and mass cultivation. The grass is also very sturdy and tough, and can even be cultivated in dry, saline soils and is drought resistant -- which makes it a suitable crop for poor or subsistence farmers.
Essential oil is generally produced from the floral shoots and the above-ground parts of the plant, and is extracted through what’s known as steam distillation. During this process, the essential nutrients and chemical compounds of the grass are removed via evaporation and gather in a separate chamber in order to cool down and form droplets which constitute the finished product -- the essential oil.
Palmarosa is known as a rich source of geraniol -- which is the main active ingredient of the plant. Geraniol is also the main compound that acts as a repellent and will keep mosquitoes, flies and spiders at bay and stop them from biting. It is safe for topical application to the skin when diluted in the correct ratio with a suitable carrier oil -- I also recommend patch testing first to make sure that you don’t have a reaction.
Ironically, this same chemical is used to attract bees and allows them to pollinate specific flowers or wax cells because it is the same chemical that is produced in the bees scent glands and allows them to mark flowers for pollination in nature. So this is why I highly recommend that you dilute the palmarosa oil correctly before applying it to yourself in the wild -- or you could wind up being a walking beehive! Generally though, palmarosa essential oil is considered completely safe for internal and external use, but precaution should always be taken for just in case.
Palmarosa Essential Oil Uses
As I have already mentioned, palmarosa oil works well as a natural insect repellant given that you’ve mixed it in the correct ratio with a suitable carrier oil (such as almond, lemongrass or rose oil). Palmarosa is often used as a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent in traditional medicine and to treat superficial wounds and infections.
It is applied topically to the affected area to kill of any germs that might lead to infection or further pain. Palmarosa essential oil is acts as a strong natural febrifuge -- which means it can be used as a treatment for a fever or high temperatures. I would recommend that you combine it with eucalyptus oil in order to make it a more effective treatment.
Palmarosa oil is often also used in aromatherapy as a means of reducing stress levels and easing anxiety -- very helpful for those long days or when you’re feeling stretched too thin. It also has strong sedative properties and can help you get a good night’s essential for allowing your body to heal itself and rejuvenate.
I would recommend using about 6-8 drops, along with rose or lemongrass oil in a steam treatment (the ‘tried and trusted’ towel over your head and a bowl of boiling water technique) for roughly 5-10 minutes and you’ll be sleeping like a child again in no time.
Palmarosa Essential Oil For Hair
Palmarosa oil is rich in linalool and limonene -- which are essential compounds for encouraging and promoting healthy, strong hair. Linalool is practically one of the main chemical compounds that constitutes Vitamin E. Vitamin E is commonly found in most hair and skin treatment products, and is considered a strong anti-oxidant.
This means that it can be applied to your scalp as a means of removing excess oil or dead skin cells that often gather on the scalp during the course of your day and nourishes your hair from the roots -- making the follicles stronger and increasing elasticity which will help to prevent damage.
The combination of Vitamin E and limonene are also incredibly helpful in preventing hair loss and even encouraging hair growth in men. Hair loss is generally attributed to a chemical commonly found in middle-aged men known as 5 alpha -reductase.
Your body converts testosterone into the 5 alpha reductase chemical when it comes into contact with the roots of your hair. This then builds up in the pores of your scalp and can stunt hair growth and, if not treated can eventually even lead to hair loss.
Limonene is considered a strong inhibitor of the 5 alpha -reductase chemical which means that it prevents blockage of the pores, and allows the Vitamin E to penetrate the hair follicles from the root, rather than only moisturize the follicles superficially. That being said, palmarosa oil also works as a natural conditioner when massaged into your scalp and will help to regulate the oil that your scalp naturally produces, as well as leaving your hair smelling and feeling fresh, as well as adding more volume, without frizzing or drying your hair out.
Palmarosa Essential Oil For Acne And Skin
As I mentioned earlier in the article, palmarosa essential oil has a high geraniol content which makes it very helpful to your skin when applied in the correct doses. It is known that geraniol stimulates cell memory and thus improves your cells ability to recover -- it can even be used to help repair damaged DNA cells which encourages faster cell growth -- thus allowing your skin to retain more moisture.
The added moisture in your skin means that it will be more balanced and oil production will be more regulated allowing you to maintain a healthier complexion for a longer period of time.
The Vitamin E and limonene content in palmarosa oil also means that it can be applied topically to your skin to help treat wounds, sores, rashes, acne and stretch marks. The limonene actively clears out your pores and kills of any germs that may linger on your skin, whilst the Vitamin E penetrates the deeper layers of your skin to encourage cell regeneration and allows for faster healing.
Palmarosa oil also acts as a strong antibacterial and microbial agent, so can be used to treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
When applied to the affected area, the oil will initially soothe and moisturize the the skin helping to reduce irritation. Then, the antimicrobial qualities of the oil will help kill off any germs that may be found on the skin and could further any irritation or lead to an infection. Palmarosa essential oil is a great treatment for most skin conditions and is quite harmless, unlike the majority of harmful chemicals that are found in most costly pharmaceutical treatments.
The oil also works well as a natural skin toner for treatment of acne. The antiseptic qualities will remove any excess oil and skin cells that clog up your pores -- the main cause of blemishes, and the antimicrobial agents contained in the limonene will protect your skin from harmful free-radicals (such as exhaust fumes or general air pollutants) during the course of your day.
Oils That Palmarosa Essential Oil Blends Well With
Palmarosa is often blended (or adulterated) with rose oil in order to increase quantity, and in some cases is actually sold as rose oil -- which is a common falsehood in Turkey, and actually earned palmarosa oil a bad reputation in the region for some time. Generally palmarosa oil is blended with lemongrass, rose, almond, lavender and even rosemary oil and works well as a form of aromatherapy.
Side Effects Of Using Palmarosa Essential Oil
In general, palmarosa essential oil does not produce any known or serious side-effects. However, due to it’s rich geraniol content, we recommend patch testing when applying it to your skin as some skin types may react to the chemical and could lead to irritation. As a rule of thumb, make sure you never get any of the oil in your eye, as it will most probably itch or burn.
In general, like with most other essential oils, pregnant women should stay away from using the oil on a regular basis or should at least consult a medical professional for using it and definitely stay away from ingesting it in serious doses during your pregnancy. Generally though, if you use the oil responsibly and in regulated amounts, you should be totally fine.
How To Make DIY Palmarosa Essential Oil
In order to really ensure that the oil works well when using it on your hair, I suggest using the following recipe for a natural, homemade hair mask that will help strengthen and rejuvenate your hair follicles from the roots up.
Warm 2 teaspoons of almond oil and add 7-8 drops of your palmarosa essential oil. Allow the oil to cool until you can handle it without it being hot to the touch. Apply the blended oil to your fingertips and gently massage it into your scalp. Start at the roots and work your way up the hairs until the end.
Cover your hair in plastic wrap and then a towel and allow the oil to sit for at least an hour (you may even leave it in overnight). Once the appropriate amount of time has elapsed, rinse you hair out and condition normally. And voila!
Overall palmarosa is easy to blend with other oils, can be used in cooking and baking as well as an immune booster and a natural detoxing agent. It will keep your skin clean and clear, removing any infectious bacteria that we encounter on a daily basis as well as moisturizing your skin and leaving it smelling amazing.
It’s great as a fragrance for your home and makes for the most relaxing baths. It’s one of the most commonly produced essential oils, and has a tonne of really great benefits -- so it’s definitely worth a try!