Palmarosa Essential Oil

Palmarosa Essential Oil: 3 Remarkable Benefits and 7 Simple Uses

Palmarosa essential oil is extracted from a sweet-smelling grass located in the forest regions of India. Its grass is known for its medicinal properties in Southeast Asia and is a potent insect repellent. The grass structure of this plant is very similar to lemongrass and citronella, which makes sense since both kinds of grass are closely related to palmarosa.

This essential oil is best known for its rosy scent and skin-care properties, so it is commonly used in soaps and cosmetics as a base ingredient. From cosmetics to aromatherapy to therapeutic uses, this specific essential oil is a great addition to your essential oil collection. Now, let’s take a look at some of the uses for this valued essential oil.

1 – Acne Relief

Chronic acne is among the worst skin conditions that can oftentimes lead to scarring on the face. Almost everyone experiences a phase in their life wherein acne creates havoc on their once blemish-free skin. This is especially common among teenagers, but others may experience acne even deep into their 30s and 40s.

Although chemical-based acne astringent solutions are potent and effective for some people, they are expensive and filled with harsh chemicals that can harm the skin.

Furthermore, many store-bought acne products lead to more severe breakouts when their use is discontinued, causing dependence on the chemicals in the product indefinitely.

Dependency isn’t an ideal long-term solution, especially if you have sensitive skin, which is why many people are now switching to beauty products that use exclusively natural ingredients. Not only that, but our bodies do absorb what we expose them to, and that’s a scary thought if we consistently expose ourselves to chemicals.

Natural solutions for acne are wide-ranging and often depend upon your skin type and the severity of the condition. Palmarosa essential oil has natural antiseptic properties that can help fight the bacteria that cause acne.

One study published in the Asian Journal of Beauty and Cosmetology found that the 21 participants involved in the study had significantly lower skin oil content, healthier pores, and major improvement with their acne after an 8-week period using palmarosa oil, a mixture of palmarosa and tea tree oil, or just tea tree oil.

All three groups showed improvement, but the combination of palmarosa and tea tree oil showed the best results.

When using essential oils, diluting them with a good carrier oil is recommended. You could use coconut, avocado, or sunflower oil if you have normal skin. However, if you have oily skin, be sure to use a high-linoleic oil like safflower oil, grapeseed oil, hemp oil, or rosehip oil. Also, Jojoba oil has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties (source), so it’s also a good choice.

Recipe: Palmarosa and Tea Tree Acne Ointment Blend

Try this wonderful solution that uses palmarosa by mixing the following ingredients:

  • 5ml of sunflower oil
  • 1 drop of wheat germ oil
  • 3 drops of palmarosa oil
  • 1 drop of tea tree oil

Blend all ingredients and empty the solution into a glass bottle or any other container you choose. Apply the blended solution by massaging it on your face twice a day, morning and night.

2 – General Skin Care

This essential oil doesn’t just help alleviate acne but also diminishes old acne scars and wrinkles. This is a great oil for supporting optimal skin health and is popularly used as a skincare ingredient. Mix a few drops into any of your regular skin creams to incorporate this essential oil into your regular skin care regimen.

As noted earlier, this particular oil has an excellently sweet and rosy smell. Furthermore, it’s not photosensitizing and is considered safe if used correctly (diluted, not ingested, etc.). This essential oil can be used in many of the homemade skin care solutions and recipes we have here at Enticingly Simple; they include:

Palmarosa oil is a very capable option for almost any general skin care application since it has no negative effects when used correctly.

3 – Palmarosa for Relaxation

Aromatherapy With a Diffuser:

As you already know from another recent post, essential oils are widely used to reduce anxiety and stress. In that post, where we listed 12 essential oils oftentimes used for anxiety, rose oil is listed as one popular option. Since palmarosa has a very sweet and rosy smell, this oil is also often used for relaxation purposes as well.

You can reap the relaxative benefits of this oil by putting at least two drops in a diffuser or vaporizer. Whenever studies have been done with diffusing oils, lower concentrations of oils always seem to work better. So, it will only take a few drops of oil in the diffuser; don’t overdo it.

Aromatherapy With Bath Salts:

If you want to use this oil in the bath, be sure to use a salt emulsifier. All that means is that you should make your own bath salts so that the oil dissolves and disperses in your bathwater instead of merely creating an undiluted oil sheen on the water’s surface.

To make bath salts, use a quality sea salt or Epsom salt mixed with 20-40 drops of essential oils (depending on how much salt you’re using).  Then, let the mixture rest for a few hours before use. After you make your first batch of bath salts, the salt will absorb the essential oils and cause them to effectively disperse throughout your bath water when used.

Also, 1 cup of bath salts will last a very long time since you’ll only need a few small spoonfuls at most for each bath.

Aromatherapy Massage:

This essential oil can also be mixed with a carrier oil to make an excellent massage oil. For great anxiolytic benefits, create a palmarosa oil blend utilizing other essential oils known to reduce anxiety. See the post we referenced above for a list of which oils to use for relaxation.

To list a few, lavender, frankincense, and bergamot oil are excellent selections for this purpose. Be sure to always mix your essential oils with a carrier oil before using them as a massage oil. Massage carrier oil selections include jojoba oil, almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, and others. You can use body butter for massage as well.

Hair mask

You can use this wonderful oil as a hair mask to moisturize your dry hair and fight bacteria on the scalp. To do this, add 7-8 drops with three tablespoons of warm olive or jojoba oil (which is known to be very beneficial to the hair).

  • Mix the oils together and pour some of the mixture into your palms.
  • Apply the mixture to your hair by massaging it onto your scalp and reapply for complete coverage.

Don’t forget to massage the mixture starting from the scalp all the way up to the ends of your hair. After all the hair is covered with the mixture, wrap it in a towel or plastic wrap. Leave it on for at least an hour, or you can leave it overnight for the best results. Wash and condition the hair after use.

You’ll notice that your hair feels soft and moisturized after each application. You can also palmarosa to your favorite homemade leave-in conditioner.



As you can see from what we’ve discussed so far, palmarosa is a very versatile essential oil indeed. While its scent is quite amazing, it has many additional positive benefits that can be reaped from its use. Not to sound like a broken record, but whenever you use anything as potent as an essential oil, be sure to use it correctly (see below).

If you’re new to oils, I highly recommend reading the following two posts, which go into great depth about how to buy quality oils and use them correctly.

If you need even more ideas about how you can use palmarosa oil, check out the following two posts:

That just about wraps things up, folks; I hope you enjoy every oil selection we recommend to you. It is amazing when you can bring a little bit of nature into your home rather than chemicals and other harmful pollutants. Enjoy your oils.

Palmarosa Essential Oil Benefits: FAQs

How can you use palmarosa oil for skin and hair care?

Mix a few drops of palmarosa with a carrier oil to make a nourishing moisturizer, or add it to your shampoo and conditioner for soft, shiny hair. Its hydrating properties are great for skin and hair. With its hydrating and moisturizing properties, palmarosa can help soothe your dry skin and nourish hair. It also has cleansing properties, which are important for hair care.

What’s a good way to use palmarosa oil to freshen things up?

As with most floral essential oils, add several drops to a diffuser or vaporizer to fill a space with its clean, rosy scent. Its aroma can help naturally purify and freshen indoor air.

How does palmarosa oil help create a relaxing environment?

Apply diluted palmarosa to pulse points (as described in the above post) or diffuse it in your home for its calming, uplifting fragrance. Its pleasant rose-like scent promotes relaxation.

Can you blend palmarosa oil with other essential oils?

Yes, palmarosa combines nicely with other floral oils like geranium, ylang-ylang, and rose, as well as citrus oils like lemon, bergamot, and orange. There are so many options when it comes to essential oil blends.

The key is to focus on the end result you want. For aromatherapy, do you want a purely floral scent, spicy, refreshing, etc? For skincare, it will depend on the overall effects you want to produce from your homemade cream, wash, or moisturizer, as well as your skin type and other preferences.

Does palmarosa oil pair well with citrus oils?

Yes, palmarosa blends beautifully with citrus oils like lemon, bergamot, grapefruit, and orange to add a fresh, uplifting aroma.

What are some good essential oil combinations with palmarosa?

  • Palmarosa + Lavender + Bergamot: Floral and calming
  • Palmarosa + Sandalwood + Patchouli: Warm, earthy, and grounding
  • Palmarosa + Ginger + Lime: Energizing and refreshing

Can you blend palmarosa with mint or eucalyptus oils?

Palmarosa works well with cooling mint oils like peppermint and spearmint. Eucalyptus may overpower palmarosa, so use sparingly in blends.

Does palmarosa oil smell nice with vanilla or cinnamon?

Yes, palmarosa’s floral aroma pairs nicely with warm, sweet vanilla or cinnamon essential oils. These make cozy diffuser blends, especially around the holidays. Adding a floral scent to a typical spicy holiday blend is a great way to add a new fragrance note for added variation.

Is palmarosa oil safe to use topically?

When diluted properly with a carrier oil, palmarosa is generally safe for topical use. Always do a patch test first to check for sensitivity. Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes.

What carrier oils can be used to dilute palmarosa oil?

Some good options are coconut, jojoba, grapeseed, olive, or almond oil. Always do a patch test before widening the application to larger areas of skin.

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