ABOUT - Citronella oil is an essential oil that’s made from the distillation of the Asian grass plant in the Cymbopogon genus. This fragrant grass got its name from the French word meaning “lemon balm,” due to its floral, citrus-like aroma. Like many essential oils, citronella oil has certain benefits, and has been used in China and Indonesia for centuries to treat rashes, infections, and other health conditions. Today, citronella oil is probably best known as a natural insect repellent, but its uses and benefits extend beyond keeping bugs at bay.
BOTANICAL NAME - Cymbopogon winterianus
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN - Indonesia
MAIN COMPONENTS -
EXTRACTION METHOD - Steam Distillation
PLANT PART - Grass
CONSISTENCY - Thin
AROMA - Citrusy, sweet, green, and herbaceous
COLOR - Clear
BLENDS WELL WITH - Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint and Vetiver
- INHIBITS BACTERIAL GROWTH - Components like methyl isoeugenol and a few others that are found in citronella essential oil are responsible for inhibiting any kind of bacterial growth. They kill bacteria and inhibit any further bacterial growth in the body. This is particularly helpful in treating infections in wounds, as well as in the colon, urethra, urinary bladder, stomach, intestines, urinary tracts, prostate, and kidneys.
- ELIMINATES INFECTIONS - The antiseptic properties of citronella essential oil fight infections in wounds, as well as the urinary tracts, urethra, prostate, and kidneys, while simultaneously protecting them from developing sepsis.
- ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES - Citronella essential oil sedates inflammation, particularly those situations which pertain to the liver, stomach, intestines and other parts of the digestive system. The inflammations caused as side effects of drugs, excessive use of alcohol or narcotics, hard and spicy food, any disease, or any toxic element getting into the body can also be alleviated using this oil.
- INSECT REPELLENT - This is one of the most commonly used properties of citronella essential oil, as it kills and keeps away insects. It has been found particularly effective on a species of mosquito, called Aedes aegypti whose bite causes the dreaded yellow fever. This is also effective on lice, body and head louse, and fleas.
- STIMULANT - The stimulating effect of the essential oil of citronella stimulates blood circulation, secretions and discharges like hormones and enzymes from the glands, brain while also increasing activity in the nervous system. This essential oil also stimulates the immune mechanisms and the metabolism of the body.