Citronella Essential Oil

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Citronella Essential Oil Uses

Citronella Essential Oil History

Citronella is obtained from the  plants of the Cymbopogon family, found in tropical Asia (originally coming to Europe from Sri Lanka) .Cymbopogon Nardus is also part of the Lemongrass family, thus giving Citronella it’s lemon scent.

It is a type of grass that can grow up to 2 meters tall & can destroy pastureland as cattle will not feed on the grass because of it’s unpleasant taste & texture.

Citronella was a popular ingredient in wax candles, which help deter mosquitos. The citronella oil is used as a ingredient in perfumes, soaps, skin lotions, polishes, detergents & deodorizing cosmetics. It also adds an interesting aroma to some Chinese foods.

Citronella Essential Oil Properties : 

  • Antidepressant.
  • Antiseptic.
  • Deodorant.
  • Insecticide.
  • Parasiticide.
  • Tonic.
  • Stimulant.

Citronella Essential Oil Uses

Citronella Essential Oil has a clearing & uplifting effect on the mind, which could help people with depression. It creates general strength & invigorating effect on the body. Being very helpful in fighting against flu, colds & some infections. It’s deodorant & stimulating qualities could refresh sweaty & tired feet !

It is also good for relieving fluid retention, as well as removing parasites from the intestine.

When mixed with Neroli & Bergamot it will have skin softening qualities.

As everybody knows it’s a great insect repellent, great to use in a burner or diffuser during the summer months. You can also add a few drops to a cotton wool ball & place in wardrobes & draws to keep clothes fresh & keep away moths & insects.

Mix in hot water & use as a antiseptic cleaner around the home, removing all unwanted bacteria.

It can also be used on cats & dogs to keep fleas at bay. Citronella does not contain any Alcohol like most insect treatments, only water.

Citronella Essential Oil can be mixed with other Essential Oils, such as Bergamot, Cajuput, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Petitgrain, Sage & Ylang Ylang.

Is Citronella Essential Oil Safe ?

The US Environmental Protection Agency states that citronella essential oil has little or no toxicity when used as a topical insect repellent.

But you should always do a skin test if you have any worries. Or consult a doctor before using.

Thanks for reading if you have any comments, please leave them below.

Paul

 

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