Scientific name of Palmarosa: Cymbopogon martinii/ Cymbopogon citratus

Name in different languages:-

English: West Indian lemon grass, true lemon grass.

Sanskrit: Bhustrina

Hindi: Neembughas

Malayalam: Sambarapullu-സംഭാരപ്പുല്ല്

Plant description:-

It is a perennial grass, that grows up to 1 m tall, green in color, and cultivated for its oil which is fragrant and used in household requirements, including mosquito repellent and used to take its essential oil, which is useful in many Ayurveda treatments.

Useful plant parts:

Whole plant, essential oil.

Medicinal uses:

To treat cough, and skin disorders.

Ayurveda medicinal uses of Palmarosa

In Ayurveda, Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii) is known as “Rohisha” and is valued for its therapeutic properties:

  1. Skin Health: Used for its skin-nourishing properties, helping to balance sebum production and improve complexion.
  2. Antibacterial Properties: Acts as a natural antibacterial agent, beneficial for treating minor skin infections.
  3. Emollient: Moisturizes and hydrates the skin, making it useful for dry or flaky skin conditions.
  4. Astringent: Helps tighten and tone the skin, reducing the appearance of pores.
  5. Cicatrizing Agent: Supports wound healing and minimizes scarring.
  6. Anti-inflammatory: Soothes inflammation, making it useful for conditions like eczema and dermatitis.
  7. Deodorant: Its pleasant scent makes it a popular ingredient in natural deodorants.
  8. Antifungal: Helps combat fungal infections on the skin.
  9. Stress Relief: The aroma of Palmarosa oil can help calm the mind and alleviate stress and anxiety.
  10. Antiseptic: Used topically to clean wounds and prevent infection.
  11. Immune Support: Some practitioners believe it may have immune-boosting properties.
  12. Digestive Health: In some cases, it’s used to support digestion, particularly in cases of indigestion and flatulence.
  13. Aromatherapy: Its soothing aroma is often used in aromatherapy to promote relaxation and emotional well-being.
  14. Balances Pitta and Kapha Doshas: Ayurvedically, it’s believed to help balance the Pitta and Kapha doshas.

Remember, it’s important to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner or healthcare provider before using Palmarosa or any other herb for medicinal purposes. They can provide personalized advice based on your specific health condition and constitution. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice.


Chemical content:

Geraniol, Antihelmintic, Anti fungal

How to prepare medicines:

Extracted oil is an insect repellent, against nematodes, and mosquito repellent, added in soaps and cosmetics due to its scent like Rose flower.

It is  one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like:-

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