Name Citronella Essential Oil
Category Essential Oils
Species Cymbopogon nardus (L.) Rendle (Ceylon/Lenabutu type),
fam. Poaceae (Gram.)
Cymbopogon nardus, Citronella Essential Oil is extracted from two varieties of citronella, first is Ceylon variety and second Java variety. In each variety both are extracted by steam distillation of the fresh plant. Citronella a grass that grows in Asian countries and Islands of Asia Pacific has a rich, crisp lemony aroma so the name Citronella.
Citronella essential oil Ceylon and Citronellal are chemically dominant, they do not rule in terms of aroma. Instead it is a combination of Camphene, Borneol, and methylenugenol that characterize the scent.
Action: Citronella is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and it is insecticidal, an insect repellent, and a deodorant.
Traditional Uses: Various cultures have used this oil to treat intestinal parasites, digestive and menstrual problems, and also used it as a stimulant, help acne, bruises, colds, infections, insect bites, insect stings, flu, fever, oily skin, rheumatism, stomach spasms, exhaustion, excessive perspiration.
Indications: Headache, respiratory infections, neuralgia, fatigue, and oily skin.
Other Uses: This oil can be used as an antiseptic to sanitize and deodorize surfaces. Citronella makes an excellent insect repellent when combined with cedarwood.
Application: Diffuse or apply topically on the bottom of the feet or on location diluted with massage oil.
Safety Data: If pregnant or under a doctor's care. consult your physician. Repeated use can result in extreme contact sensitization. Skin test for sensitivity.
Companion Oils: Bergamot, cedarwood, geranium, lemon, orange, and pine.
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