Cymbopogon martinii Stapf.
Common Name : Palmarosa
Botanical Name : Cymbopogon martinii Stapf.
Source : Cultivated
Method of extraction : Palmarosa oil is obtained from freshly cut whole flowering plant of Cymbopogon martinii Stapf.
Appearance : Fluid liquid.
Color : Pale yellow.
Aroma : Sweet, floral-rosy.
Specific gravity : 0.8805 to 0.9007 at 25º C
Optical rotation : [-] 0.5º to [+] 0.75º at 25º C
Refractive index : 1.4750 to 1.4798 at 25º C
Acid number : 0.85 to 10.5
Ester number : 15 to 48.5
Ester number after acetylation : 240 to 305
Solubility : Soluble in 1.2 to 3.5 vol. of 70% alcohol
Total alcohol : 80 to 96%
Free alcohol : 62 to 84% (calculated as Geraniol)
a) For the isolation of high grade Geraniol; in the cosmetics industry for scenting of soaps; in flavoring of tobacco.
b) Medicinal & Aromatherapy use: Antiseptic and bactericide, stomachic, relieve the discomforts of flu and a high temperature, wrinkles, broken veins, boils, normalize thyroid, nervous exhaustion, stress related conditions.