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I have switched things up for a couple of weeks in my day to day routine and have been using my Palma Rosa body oil daily instead of my Geranium. Palma Rosa EO is an essential oil that still catches me off guard. It has a very lovely floral type of scent but it actually comes from a grass. One of the active ingredients in both Palma Rosa and Geranium is geraniol. This similarity between the two is probably why I like the Palma Rosa almost as much as the Geranium. In fact, Palma Rosa is also called Indian Geranium.

All essential oils have a Latin name. This gives us the Genus and the Species of each plant. The genus is the larger group that related species belong to. Let me use citrus fruits as an example. Citrus is the genus for the citrus fruits and is at the beginning of the Latin name for each type of fruit. The word following is the species. The following are the Latin and English names for some citrus essential oils:
Bergamot – Citrus bergamia
Grapefruit – Citrus paradisi
Lemon – Citrus limonum
Lime – Citrus aurantifolia
Sweet Orange – Citrus sinensis
Neroli – Citrus aurantium

Hopefully that makes the difference between genus and species a bit clearer.

Palma rosa’s Latin name is Cymbopogon martinii. Cymbopogon is the genus name for quite a number of grasses. Lemongrass is the name generally associated with Cymbopogon. Citronella is also part of the Cymbopogon family. As far as I know, martinii does not refer to the alcoholic drink here. I’m not sure if the following is correct but so far what I have found is that the Latin martinii comes from the name of Claude Martin. He was a Major General with the British East India Company’s Bengal Army in the late 1700’s. Seems pretty famous – couple of towns and schools named after him in India. Quite an extensive list of things he did on the Wikipedia bio. And apparently it gets him a Latin word based on his name. I’ll keep looking to see if I can find out if this is really true.

Palma rosa EO helps your skin tissue keep in the that all important moisture. It helps keep the skin soft and it promotes cell regeneration. A great oil for aging skin! It’s worth a look if you haven’t used it before.