Citronella – cymbopogon nardus
Description: There are two types of citronella commonly sold as essential oil. Spark Naturals uses the Ceylon variety, which is the variety that has historically been used and is generally regarded as being superior. Citronella is an herbaceous perennial scented grass that grows wild and cultivated in tropical areas to heights of a meter or taller. It is yellowish-brown with a strong, tart, earthy and lemony scent.
Properties: Antidepressant, Anti-fungal, Antiviral, Insecticidal, Anti-inflammatory, Diuretic, Stomachic, Astringent, Antispasmodic, Stimulant, and Antiseptic.
Historical Uses: Used historically for digestive complaints, parasites, canker sores, pain relief, and detoxification.
Along with insect repellent, Citronella is also widely used in soapmaking, household disinfectants, deodorant, perfume, and as an ingredient in hair and massage oils (especially for oily hair).
Blends Well With; Bergamot, Geranium, Lemon, Orange, and Lavender.
Citronella Essential Oil Application
Can be used aromatically
Can be used topically (use diluted)
Nontoxic Bug Spray:
10 drops Citronella essential oil
10 drops lemongrass essential oil
10 drops tea tree essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
Top off with 1:1 water/witch hazel in a 4 oz bottle. Shake and spray to keep bugs away.
Wildflower Diffuser Blend
4 drops Citronella essential oil
3 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops Patchouli essential oil
1 drop Geranium essential oil