Information submited: May 7, 2014 Modified: July 4, 2018 By: OperaDreamhouse
It is a wild growing, herbaceous green and straw-colored grass, with
long slender stems, terminal flowering tops and fragrant grassy leaves.
It is harvested before the flowers appear and the highest yield is
obtained when the grass is fully dried - about one week after it has
Palmarosa plantation remains productive for about eight
years. However, the yield of grass and oil starts decreasing from the
fourth year onwards. It is, therefore, recommended that the plantation
be kept only for four years.
The grass is either distilled afresh
or is allowed to wilt for 24 hours. Wilting reduces the moisture
content and allows a larger quantity of grass to be packed into the
still, thus economizing the fuel use. The current method of distillation
adopted in Kerala is primitive and obsolete and gives oil of poor
quality, as it is based on hydro-distillation or direct-fired still. For
good quality oil, it is advisable to adopt steam-distillation.
Palmarosa Water gets in distillation process of Cymbopogon Martinii essential oil.
Palmarosa Distillate has a sweet floral, rosy, geranium scent, giving a refreshing and clarifying feeling. It is wonderful to use as a general spray any time of the day.