Citronella oil is one of the most popular essential oil that is extracted from stems and leaves of lemon grass. Its botanical name is Cymbopogon nardus and this belongs to the Graminae (Poaceae) family. This particular oil has grabbed the world wide attention as nowadays it is extensively used in the manufacturing of exquisite perfumery chemicals like geraniol, citronellol, and citronellal. Citronella oil uses are so versatile that different drug and perfume manufacturing companies have capitalized its cultivation to garner it’s best and utmost benefits.
The researchers and scientists are trying their best to unravel the mystery of its perceived benefits. This wonderful product has now become the cornerstone of flavoring, cosmetic, perfumery, incense, candle and last but not the least soap industry. Citronella oil has revolutionized and modernized the entire industry of medicine as it has immensely improved the effectiveness of several renowned medicines. It is one of the famous insect repellent used in the United States, hence has been registered for this use by several enforcement agencies. Moreover, Environmental Protection Agency of United States deems it safe as it is non-toxic in nature.
|Botanical Name||Cymbopogon nardus|
|Origin||It is native to Sri Lanka and Java.|
|Method of Extraction & Part of Plant Used||It is extracted by the process of steam distillation from chopped and fresh citronella grass.|
|Properties||Citronella oil is quite popular for its miraculous insect repellent properties. This organic oil is extremely useful in cleansing and softening the skin texture. This essential oil is derived through an extensive process of steam distillation from the fresh, partly dried citronella grass. This organic essential oil giving grass usually found in the tropical areas and has a strong woody and sweet aroma.|
|Aroma||Citronella oil has a very sweet and lemony smell.|
|Integrants||It is composed of borneol, citral, citonellic acid, nerol, camphene, limonene, citronellal and dipentene.|
|Therapeutic Properties||Antipyretic, Antiseptic, Antimicrobial, Analgesic, Deodorant, Astringent, Bactericidal, Diuretic, Antidepressant, Carminative, Febrifuge, Galactogogue, Sedative, Insecticidal, Nervine, Fungicidal and Tonic|
|Blends Well With||Citronella oil blends completely with bergamot, geranium, lemon, orange, lavender and pine.|
|Precautions||This oil can cause irritation to sensitive skin.|
Insect Repellent: Add few drops in burners or diffuser ward off insects from premises. Alternatively, dilute 15-20 drops of citronella oil in 500 ml of distilled water and spray around the affected area. Besides, mix 5-6 drops of citronella oil with carrier oil (Lemon or Lavender) and apply over skin to prevent insect bite.
Aromatherapy: Mix 10 drops of citronella oil in 25 ml of Geranium or Lavender oil to attain activating and warming qualities during aromatherapy that alleviates stress, anxiety and mental complexities for a relaxed and light feel.
Skin Irritations: Put 2-3 drops of citronella oil over cotton ball and gently wipe off the affected area to relieve irritation caused due to insect bites, oily skin, allergies or fungal infections.
Freshen Body and Interiors: Add few drops of citronella oil to base oil (Jasmine or Lavender) for making an all-natural and effective lemony fragrance deodorant. To lend a soothing aroma in interiors, mix 8-10 drops of citronella oil in your diffuser.
Inflammation and Pain: Mix 4-5 drops of citronella oil to 2 tablespoons of Bergamot or Lemon oil and massage over the affected area to tranquil inflammation and pain associated with body.
Overall Body Nourishment: Adding citronella oil in precise quantity to your diet tones up digestion, excretion, nervous system and brain for fortifying body.
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