Boasting of a scent similar to Geranium, Palma Rosa belongs to a family of lemon grass native to Indochina. It is widely cultivated due to the aromatic oil it produces. People call it in other names such as Turkish Geranium and rosha. The green, herbaceous grass shares semblances with citronella and somehow, has the same bug-repellent properties.
Palma Rosa essential oil is extracted by a steam distillation process applied to the dried grass, which is harvested before it flowers. In this oil are compounds of geraniol, limonene, myrcene and dipentene. One remarkable fact about this oil: Palma Rosa Oil smells similarly to rose oil, hence its name. It is with this reason that traders have used it to dilute the more expensive rose oil, or even replace it on a whole, with this cheaper blend.
Despite this reputation, Palma Rosa gives a whole line of health and beautifying benefits. It has been used in many soaps and perfumes, as well as a flavoring agent in food and beverage. Also, it carries many medical advantages, some of which we are tackling down below.
One of the prominent properties of Palma Rosa oil is its ability to treat skin problems. For those who are suffering from boils, acne, eczema and psoriasis, treatments with Palma Rosa are potent medicine. Its antibacterial and antiseptic properties have gone a long way and has been used in the ancient times, particularly by Indian doctors. Other uses of this plant is the relieving of stress and fatigue, as well as the treatment of arthritis and other forms of rheumatism when the oil is massaged into the area.
Palma Rosa is also known for its hydrating benefits. It quells dehydration and prevents inflammation. It also balances the sebum production of your skin, aiding in the healing of cuts and bruises.
A research has shown the Palma Rosa's efficacy against a particular strain of yeast. This was due to the plant's geraniol content. Exposure to the oil, it was found, has led to changes in the entire composition of the said yeast cell membrane. Thus, Palma Rosa can also be an antiviral agent, and becomes more potent when blended with other virus fighting oils. This could help protecting wounds from unwanted infection and also functions as an antiseptic.
When taken internally, Palma Rosa can ward off bacterial growth in your urinary tract. Your digestive system then benefits from this oil, as it promotes stomach acid. It promotes nutrient absorption, improving your digestion.
Palma Rosa can be used as aromatherapy to uplift you from a stressful day. Diffuse it in a vaporizer or just pour drops of it to your bath water. Mix it with your routine ointments to help treat wounds and infections and enjoy the floral fragrance. Or massage it to your stomach and prevent spasms and convulsions. When paired with coconut oil, Palma Rosa can help moisturize your skin and fight signs of aging. Other oils to blend it with are rosemary, chamomile, grapefruit, sandalwood, ylang ylang and citrus.