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Quick Overview

CitronellaWhat is surprising about citronella oil, is that is also known to clear the mind and can be useful against headaches and migraines. Citronella essential oil is a natural deodorant, deodorizer, and purifier and can be used with vinegar to sanitize surfaces. Pure Citronella Oil is also noted as helpful for controlling bacteria and disinfecting surfaces. Citronella oil can used in a diffuser to rid the environment of odors.

Botanical Name: Cymbopogon nardus

Cymbopogon winterianus or Java citronella has a higher geraniol and citronellol content then Cymbopogon nardus or Sri Lanka citronella. Because of these constituents Java citronella is used more in perfumery.

Scent: Citrusy, slightly fruity, fresh, sweet.

CitronellaAbout the Oil

Citronella oil is one of the essential oils obtained from the leaves and stems of different species of Cymbopogon (lemongrass). The oil is used extensively as a source of perfumery chemicals such as citronellal, citronellol and geraniol. These chemicals find extensive use in soap, candles and incense, perfumery, cosmetic and flavouring industries throughout the world.

Aromatherapy Notes

Citronella Essential Oil is commonly known for its natural insect repellent properties, though it has many other uses in aromatherapy. The oil is steam distilled from a tall, aromatic, perennial grass originally native to Sri Lanka.

Traditional Uses

Traditional use has included treatment of fever, intestinal parasites, digestive and menstrual problems. In Chinese medicine, it is used for rheumatic pain. Citronella oil is considered to have warming and 'activating' qualities on both mental and physical levels. Citronella can be added to a carrier oil at 3 drops per teaspoon and massaged into aching joints and muscles. Eucalyptus can be added to enhance the warming effect, or Lavender to bring a soothing balance.

Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature

Traditionally has been used as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, deodorant, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, fungicidal, insect repellent, stomachic, tonic and vermifuge. On a mental level, Citronella can be clarifying and balancing. Combining it with Lemon oil can bring even more of a brightening effect to the mind.


Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. If pregnant, use under a doctor's care.

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