Citronella Essential Oil

Citronella Essential Oil is most commonly known for its ability to deter mosquitoes and other insects.  It has a citrusy, fresh sweet aroma.

Effect on mind: Citronella has a fresh, invigorating aroma that is uplifting and relaxing.

Effect on body: Due to its antioxidant properties, citronella can be used as a natural pain-relieving treatment to decrease inflammation and pain.

Effect on skin: Aside from keeping away bug bites, citronella can work as a natural skin care aid by killing off bacteria and fungus. Being both an antibacterial and anti-fungal essential oil, citronella can help with many common skin complaints, including athlete’s foot and acne. Citronella essential oil has also specifically been shown to kill off Candida fungus, which can contribute to many skin concerns such as nail infections.

Blends well with: Bergamot, geranium, grapefruit, lemongrass, lime, peppermint, sweet orange

Properties

Botanical (INCI) Name:

Cymbopogon winterianus

Appearance:

Greenish-yellow tint

Odour:

A fresh, sweet, herbal scent

Plant parts used:

Leaves

Extraction method:

Steam distillation

Region of origin:

Indonesia

Grade:

Cosmetic

Solubility:

Oils and Alcohol

Certification:

Conventional

Do not apply undiluted essential oils to your skin. Use a carrier oil or solvent to dilute first.

Eyes

Do not drip undiluted essential oils into eyes as this will cause a chemical burn and may result in temporary blindness. Diluted essential oils may be used close to the eyes. More here.

Ears

Undiluted essential oils should not be dripped into the ears, but diluted essential oils may be placed on a cotton wad for partial insertion.

Children

Keep essential oils in a place where young children cannot reach them, and never let them handle essential oils bottles.

Contraindications

If you have a skin condition, are pregnant, have epilepsy or asthma, are on a course of treatment with prescribed medication, or are in any doubt about any condition you may have, you are advised to seek the advice of a doctor or suitable practitioner before using pure essential oils.

For a full list of safety guidelines and more in depth information please visit the Tisserand Institute website.

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