Extracted from a fragrant Asian grass plant, its name comes from a French word meaning “lemon balm,” It has a floral, citrus-like aroma.
Citronella essential has been used in China and Indonesia to treat rashes and infections. Today, it is commonly used as natural mosquito repellent but its uses extended beyond that.
Botanical name: Cymbopogon nardus
Aromatic Description: Sweet floral and citrus with of a mixed scent of trees and grass.
Part of plant distilled: Leaves.
Colour: Yellowish brown.
Main compounds: Citronellal, geraniol, geranyl acetate, citronellol and limonene.
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation.
Properties: antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antibacterial, antidepressant, diuretic and insect repelling.
SKIN AND HAIR CARE;
- Improves skin absorption of moisture.
- Slows the look of aging.
- Improves general skin health.
- Treats dandruff.
- Removes head lice.
- Improves the health of the scalp & hair.
- Promotes hair growth & reduce loss.
- Nourishes and soothes dry or itchy scalp.
- Natural bug repellent especially for mosquitoes.
- Treats Parasitic infections.
- Lifts mood
- Fights fatigue
- Speeds up the healing of wounds.
- Has antifungal properties and if regularly used, controls fungal infections
- Natural deodorant for body and air.
- Eliminates and refresh foul body odours
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
- Add a few drops into your diffuser.
- Add several drops to your hot bath.
- Add to household cleaning agents.
- Add a few drops in hot water or onto a hot towel and inhale.
- Blend with other oils to lighten up fragrance and spray.
Always conduct a test patch on the inner forearm by applying diluted essential oil and give it time, if it does not show adverse reactions use on other parts of the body.
- Mix with carrier oils and apply on hair or skin.
- Rub a few drops between your palms.
- Add to your moisturizer and night cream.
- Add a few drops to a damp towel and apply directly to inflamed areas and wounds.
- Dilute with a carrier oil and burn in an oil burner.
- Not for internal use.
- Citronella is likely toxic to pollinators.
- Keep away from sunlight.
- Slightly flammable. Store away from heat.
- Avoid contact with eyes, nose, ears and mucous membranes.
- Do not use on already damaged skin.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants, young children and people with other medical conditions should ALWAYS consult a physician before using essential oils.