Cymbopogon martini is a species of grass in the genus Cymbopogon (lemongrass) native to India and Indochina, but widely cultivated in many places for its aromatic oil. It is best known by the common name Palmarosa (palm rose) as it smells sweet and rose alike. Palmarosa is wildly grown in wetlands in provinces of India, including Nepal.

Medicinal Benefits

The oil is able to kill bacterial growths, including internal bacterial conditions as serious as colitis, urinary issues, prostate problems, and kidney concerns. Ideal for wound care, infections and any worries about bacteria as well as to use as a topical solution to stop bacterial growth. By stimulating the secretion of digestive juices in the stomach, it ensures that foods are properly broken down as they enter the next phase of digestion. It helps treat dry skin, eczema, and psoriasis.

Commercial use

The essential oil of this plant, which contains the chemical compound geranial, is valued for its scent and for a number of traditional medicinal and household uses. Palmarosa oil has been shown to be an effective insect repellent when applied to stored grain and beans, an antifungal and mosquito repellent. The most effective way to grow Palmarosa is in a nursery with lots of irrigation and soil pH of 7-8. Two or three days before planting, it is best to overwhelm the soil with water to increase soil moisture above 60% when planting the seeds. It is mainly used in the perfumery industry not just for the pleasant smell but also as a source of high grade geranial.

No of Farmers Area (in Acres)
50 30

Palmrosa workshop at Hunsur

Farmers meet at tibet camp at Bailukuppe village in Karnataka regarding Palmrosa cultivation

  • Palmrosa Cultivation in Mysore District

  • The very first seminar about the awareness of aromatic plants cultivation in “Betta Land” of Uttara Kannada district. Organaised by Kadamba Foundation and CIMAP, along with the cooperation of Onikeri Agriculture Society as well as group of BBS’s of surrounding villages

  • Seed distribution programme, The director of CIMAP from Luknow, Shri, Tripathiji and Senior scientist Shri Alok Kalra were present in this programme