Citronella Essential Oil
Citronella Essential Oil Latin name: Cymbopogon nardus
Synonyms: Andropogon nardus, Sri Lankan citronella
Plant family: Poaceae (graminaceae)
Extraction: Distillation of the fresh or dried grass
Origin: Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe
Plant characteristics: A tall aromatic perennial grass, which has derived from the wild ‘managrass’ found in Sri Lanka.
Citronella Essential Oil characteristics: A pale yellow liquid with a brownish tinge. A fresh, powerful, lemony citrus aroma.
Traditional use: Used by ancient civilisations to help fever, parasites, digestive congestion and as an insect repellent.
Citronella Essential Oil blends well with: Sandalwood, Geranium and Pine.
Cautions and comments: There are no known contra-indications for the oil, but it has been known to cause dermatitis and should be taken with care. Avoid during pregnancy. Citronella is used in alcoholic and soft drinks and in many foods as a flavouring.
Main chemical constituents: Geraniol (<40%), Citronellol (<50%).
How to Use
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.