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Wellness Wednesday: Palmarosa Essential Oil

I’ve discovered a new essential oil to add to my seasonal illness-fighting arsenal: Palmarosa oil. Just in time too, as my youngest has managed to catch some sort of cold that has her entire head COMPLETELY CONGESTED! So we are steaming (see previous post) and neti potting (see previous post) and diffusing Palmarosa. While Thieves oil is great for preventing illness it doesn’t do that much good (in my experience) once you’ve succumbed to the infection. This is where Palmarosa oil comes in. It has both anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, making it great for fighting colds or flu. In the course of my research I also learned that it had many other uses. I’d like to share those with you today.


(Cymbopogan martini)


Therapeutic Properties

  • Airborne anti-microbial, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral
  • Wound healing: use on cuts, bruises, boils, abscesses, and acne
  • Skin balancing for all skin types, moisturizing, anti-aging, helps eczema, psoriasis
  • Digestive and circulatory stimulant
  • Analgesic: dilute and apply topically for arthritis
  • Anti-pyretic: fever reducer, has cooling effect when diluted and applied topically
  • Supports deep sleep, uplifts, calms, and settles the mood, and provides comfort and support for feminine cycles.


  • Diffuse during flu epidemics (add pine oil to combat cough)
  • To disinfect a room add 3-4 drops Palmarosa plus 2-3 drops lemon or orange oil to diffuser
  • Make a personal inhaler to fight allergy symptoms: use any combination of 3 of the following oils, palmarosa, lavender, blue tansy, helichrysum, German chamomile, or fir needle
  • Add a drop to your favorite moisturizer or body lotion for skin balancing and toning action. Try 3 drops palmarosa, 1 drop each helichrysum and frankincense, and 4 drops lavender in 1 ounce of unscented lotion
  • Add 2-3 drops to a tablespoon of carrier oil and massage into abdomen in a clockwise motion to ease uncomfortable symptoms
  • It is also known for its ability to rejuvenate tired, sore feet, so it makes a great foot soak (along with lemongrass, patchouli, and tea tree oils)
  • For a relaxing bath add 1 drop each palmarosa, lavender, and chamomile


**dilute no stronger than 5% for topical use


Blends well with:

Bergamot, cedarwood, geranium, ginger, lemon, lemongrass, neroli, patchouli, peppermint, petigrain, rose absolute, and sandalwood

Plant Therapy Essential Oils


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