Botanical Name: Cymbopogon nardus
Citronella, commonly called Java citronella, is often used in the perfume and fragrance industries.
A green and fruity top note, citronella essential oil is universally known to ward off insects, especially mosquitoes. Great for camping trips or dinner in the backyard.
Rich and sweet, citronella essential oil has a fresh herbaceous, almost lemony aroma. Very calming and uplifting, it is often used in skin care for a fresh scent.
This oil contains citronellal, geraniol, and citronellol.
Blending and Uses
Citronella blends well with cedarwood, geranium, lavender and other florals, peppermint, pine, and most citrus oils.
Add a few drops to a carrier oil or hydrosol to keep bugs off while enjoying the great outdoors or burn in a candle to create a bug-free zone around a campfire.
Citronella is also a potent cleansing oil, add to any household cleaning formula to keep your house smelling crisp and clean. Try a combination of citronella, peppermint, and tea tree to create a unique DIY cleaning spray.
To reduce the occasional blemish try using citronella as a spot treatment, add to witch hazel or rose hydrosol to make a beneficial toner or try using a citronella infused soap to stay smelling fresh and clean.
This oil may interact with certain drugs, may contain methyl eugenol, and can cause skin sensitization. Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified healthcare practitioner. Keep away from children and pets.
Before using perform a small patch test on your inner forearm or back. Apply a small quantity of diluted essential oil and cover with a bandage. If you experience any irritation use carrier oil or cream to further dilute the essential oil, and then wash with soap and water. If no irritation occurs after 48 hours it is safe to use on your skin.