Citronella oil is as a plant-based insect repellent with many health benefits. It is anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and can be used as a deodorant. Research also shows that Citronella oil has strong antifungal properties.
It is effective in calming barking dogs, and has even been used as a successful spray-on deterrent against pets destroying household items.
Nonetheless, most people will associate it with its insecticide properties. Many commercial repellents contain Citronella It is used in soaps and candles, and it has common applications in massage. This oil can also help with minor infections, but is more commonly known for its ability to assist in combating colds and flu. Citronella can be used for excessive perspiration and for conditioning oily skin and hair.
Citronella is once again becoming the product of choice for health conscious customers.
Botanical name: Cymbopogon nardus
Plant part: Grass
Extraction method: Steam
Description: Citronella oil is extracted from a resilient grass (Cymbopogon nardus) native to Sri Lanka and Java. It is a very aromatic perennial that grows approximately 1 meter (3 feet) in height.
Colour: Yellow Brown
Strength of aroma: Medium
Blends well with: most oils, but specifically well with Bergamot, Bitter Orange, Cedarwood, Geranium, Lemon, Orange, Lavender and Pine.
Aromatic scent: Citronella Ceylon has a well-rounded lemon citrus scent, though it is much softer than actual Lemon. It also has subtle wood tones.
History: Citronella Ceylon essential oil was one of the worlds dominant insect repellents before the introduction of DDT. Recent history has indicated that Citronella is once again becoming the product of choice for health conscious customers.