My first encounter with palmarosa essential oil was accidental. I was making a blend for myself during my aromatherapy certification program, and I unknowingly grabbed the oil. I was overworked and tired, and the anniversary of my mother’s passing was fast approaching. I needed a blend to help calm my nervous system and bring me back to balance. I intended to use rose geranium, but when I inhaled deeply into the bottle, I was struck by the lightness, freshness, and cool and calming sense the oil imparted. Quickly I realized it was not rose geranium that I needed, but palmarosa. This was the beginning of my love affair with this beautiful and healing oil.
Palmarosa essential oil, distilled since the 18th century, is a wild herbaceous plant with long slender stems, fragrant grassy leaves, and flowers in terminal clusters. Under the name of “Indian geranium” or “Turkish geranium,” it was shipped from Bombay to Constantinople and Bulgaria, where it was used to adulterate rose oil. Rose and rose absolute essential oils continue to be particularly expensive to this day. However, palmarosa is an especially good choice for those interested in blending perfumes with these oils, as it supports the rose fragrance. (Be sure to disclose such information if you are selling your blends!)
The healing benefits of this cooling oil are numerous. The lemony, rose-like aroma is similar to rose essential oil in that it centers the heart and mind, yet it vibrates like lemon essential oil and clears away oppression. The long stem of this aromatic grass imparts a sense of both movement and grounding, making it well-suited to individuals who suffer from nervousness and insecurity and those who struggle with change and the frequent absence of an intimate loved one. On an emotional level, the oil encourages adaptability and security, also making it suited to individuals with a tendency toward jealousy, possessiveness, and clinginess.
Try my Palmarosa Calming Aroma recipe to ease anxiety, stress, and nervousness. Apply this lotion/oil to your neck, wrists, and heart center whenever you feel you need it most!