Citronella oil is steam distilled from the leafy parts of the citronella plant. Thanks to its fresh, welcoming aroma, it is a common element in perfumes and cosmetic products. It is also well known for its use in outdoor candles, sprays, lotions, and other camping and outdoor essentials.
Citronella, as a relative of Lemongrass, has a slight citrus scent that provides a pleasant and inviting experience whenever it’s used. Its versatility makes it a great household product to add to your beauty routine or to refresh indoor and outdoor spaces.
Country of origin: Indonesia
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation of leaves
Scent Description: Citronella oil has a well rounded lemon citrus scent, with subtle wood tones.
Blends Well With: Bergamot, cedarwood, geranium, lemon, sweet orange, lemongrass, and lavender oils.
Therapeutic Properties & Uses:
- Inhibits bacterial growth (antibacterial), fights depression (antidepressant), eliminates infections (antiseptic), relieves spasm of the involuntary muscles (antispasmodic), anti-inflammatory, removes bad odor (deodorant), eliminates toxins by sweating (diaphoretic), increases passing of urine (diuretic), reduces fever (febrifuge), inhibits fungal growth (fungicidal), insect repellent, assist digestion and promotes appetite (stomachic), stimulant, tonic, and anthelmintic (vermifuge).
- Muscular aches, infectious skin conditions, fevers, heat rash, excessive perspiration, fungal infections, fatigue, insect bites, insect deterrent. [Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016, 581.]
- Arthritic and muscular pain, neuralgia, fatigue, nervous exhaustion, colds/flu, minor infections, insect repellent, excessive perspiration, oily skin. [Salvatore Battaglia, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy(Australia: The Perfect Potion, 2003), 187.]
Shelf Life: 3-4 years
- Essential oils are for aromatherapy and external use only.
- Never apply essential oils in its pure and concentrated forms directly onto the skin. Mix it with a carrier oil first.
- Be sure to do a skin patch test before applying it topically onto the desired area to ensure that there are no allergic or sensitive reactions.
- If you are pregnant, be sure to check with your doctor first before using essential oils.