Citronella essential oil has a rich, fresh, sweet, lemony aroma. It is most commonly known as an insect repellent but is also used to clear the mind and for its deodorising properties.
Citronella essential oil is extracted from a hardy grass, native to Sri Lanka and Java. This aromatic essential oil is most widely used as an insect repellent but it can also be used in perfumes, soaps, skin lotions and deodorants.
Although Citronella essential oil has been typecast as an insect repellent (especially for malaria carrying mosquitoes), it can also help to clear the mind, freshen rooms and combat oily skin and sweaty feet.
Species: Cymbopogon nardus
Plant family: Poaceae
Origin: Sri Lanka
Extraction method: Steam distilled
Safety Note: Citronella oil may irritate sensitive skin. Do not use in baths or for inhalation, and use sparingly, i.e. in a low dilution capacity – 1-2 drops maximum per 20ml carrier oil or cream/lotion. It is best used for vaporising or well diluted in a cream or lotion base for its insect repellent properties. If in doubt do a skin patch test prior to first use. Avoid in pregnancy.
Skin: Citronella is a powerful insect repellent that can be brushed on to clothes or hair. When diluted in a suitable carrier it can be applied directly to the skin. The oil’s anti-fungal properties can be helpful for Athlete’s Foot and it can also be used to help balance oily skin and excessive sweating.
Mind: Can help to clear the mind and soothe stress and anxiety.
Body: Citronella has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties that can be helpful for muscle pain and stiffness. It also has a tonic effect on the immune system.
Blends well with: Geranium, Lemongrass and Ho Leaf Oil
Allergens Listing: Geraniol, Farnesol, Linalool, Citronellol, d-limonene