Citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus)
Description: Citronella Oil is a very aromatic perennial that grows approximately 1 meter (3 feet) in height.
Common Uses: This oil has been used for its medicinal value in many cultures for fever, intestinal parasites, digestive and menstrual problems, stimulant, insect repellent and room deodorizer. Beneficial for stress related conditions, inflammation, rheumatism and arthritis pain, fatigue, headaches, migraines, and nervous conditions. It is credited with having therapeutic properties as an antiseptic, deodorant, insecticide, parasitic, tonic and as a stimulant. Nonetheless, most people will associate it with its insecticide properties. Many commercial repellents contain Citronella Ceylon, and it is often used in combination with Cedarwood to produce a pleasant smelling natural insect repellent. It will also be seen in soaps and candles, and it has common applications in massage. This oil can also help with minor infection, but is more commonly known for its ability to assist in combating colds and flu. Citronella can also be used for excessive perspiration and for conditioning oily skin and hair. It is often used in combination with Cedarwood to produce a pleasant smelling natural insect repellent.
Blends well with: Citronella blends well with most oils, but specifically well with Bergamot, Bitter Orange, Cedarwood, Geranium, Lemon, Orange, Lavender and Pine.
Aromatic Scent: Citronella has a well rounded lemon citrus scent, though it is much softer than actual Lemon. It also has subtle wood tones.
History: Citronella was one of the world’s 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.
Cautions: Citronella may irritate sensitive skin. Avoid use during pregnancy.