Citronella Oil


Citronella oil mixed with cedarwood Virginia oil, has been a popular remedy against mosquito attacks since before the appearance of DDT and other modern insecticides. Java citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus) has a higher geraniol and citronellol content then Sri Lanka citronella (Cymbopogon nardus). Therefore, Java citronella is used more in perfumery, because of these constituents.

Botanical Name - Cymbopogon winterianus

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used – Grass

Note Classification – Top

Aroma - Rich, fresh, sweet, lemony

Largest Producing Countries - Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Java

Traditional Use - Citronella is used in perfumery and medicinally to aid with fevers and rheumatic pain. It has also been used for menstrual and digestive problems. It is more widely known as an insect repellant.

Properties - Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, deodorant, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, fungicidal, insecticide, stimulant, stomachic, tonic.

Benefits - Acne, arthritis, bruises, bug bites and stings, colds, exhaustion, excessive perspiration, fatigue, fever, flu, headaches, infections, insect repellant, neuralgia, oily skin, rheumatism, stomach spasms. Citronella oil can be used to make your own outdoor candles for those late summer nights.

Blends Well With - Bergamot, cedarwood, citrus oils, geranium, pine, sandalwood.

Safety DataCitronella oil is non-toxic, non-irritant; may cause skin irritation in some individuals. Avoid this oil during pregnancy.

Hindu Temples at Prambanan, Unesco World Heritage Site, Island of Java, Indonesia
Hindu Temples at Prambanan, Unesco World Heritage Site, Island of Java, Indonesia

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