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Citronella – Benefits And Uses

Essential Oil Profile

Botanical Name: Cymbopogon Nardus
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Extraction Method: Steam distillation from the leaves and stems
Scent Profile: Citronella is a robust lemony-sweet top note that emerges above the rest. Its unmistakably fresh yet warm scent is grounded by an underlying light woodiness that gradually surfaces.

Therapeutic Properties / Health Benefits

Citronella stimulates blood circulation, metabolic rate and activity in the nervous system and supports the secretion of bile, enzymes and digestive acids, which work together to improve the efficiency of the digestive system.

Therapeutic Properties

Health Benefits

Energizes spirits Calms inflammation
Alleviates anxiety and negative feelings Improves blood circulation
  Facilitates digestion
  Encourages skin regeneration
  Supports regular bowel movement


Insect repellent:Well-known for its effectiveness in repelling mosquitoes, Citronella is a natural alternative to chemical-based insect-repellents whose toxicity extends to humans. It does so by masking the scent of carbon dioxide and lactic acid, which are smells that are attractive to mosquitoes, present in humans.

Neutralises odours: Citronella’s strong, fresh fragrance is ideal for masking unwanted environmental and body odours, making it a common ingredient in deodorants. Its lively aroma is energising and uplifting, adding to its appeal as a fragrance product.

    • How to use for face care
      Add one drop of essential oil to one dollop of your face cream or lotion and apply every two days. Do not be tempted to add more oil. Higher doses do not work better than regular applications.
    • How to use for body care
      Use no more than 4 to 5 drops of citronella essential oil for every 5ml of body lotion or carrier oil. Apply the mixture all over skin and pat dry or allow full absorption. Read more about essential oil dilution and how much you should mix.


Oil Control: Citronella can balance the oil production by moderating sebum secretion in the scalp glands, making it suitable for use with dry or oily hair.

Shine and Bounce: Citronella is also effective at removing residual oil and the dirt that it holds on to; the result is to reveal shiny hair with bounce.

  • How to use
    Dilute citronella essential oil with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil and use in a scalp massage oil.

How to use

- In a nebuliser
- In an oil burner
- In baths or inhalation

Blends well with

Citronella oil blends well with Bergamot, Lemon, Orange, Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Pine, Rosemary, Clary Sage, Tea Tree, Frankincense and Sandalwood.

Caution/Side effects

Store in dark, cool area to prevent oxidisation. Oxidised oil may cause allergic reaction.

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