Aerial Parts, Steam Distilled, Sri Lanka
Citronella was first exhibited at London's Crystal Palace in 1851 and preceded to become the primary scent in cleaning products. In addition to the scent being associated with cleanliness, it is most famously used as an insect repellant. The strong aromatic pofile also repels felines. A citronella spray can be used in places you don't want cats to get into. Citronella can also be used as a sanitizer and deodorizer on surfaces where food is prepared (cutting boards, countertops, etc) due to its aroma and antisceptic properties. This oil is beneficial for oily hair if added to shampoo or hair rinses. Physically, it is considered a stimulant, and if inhaled, can speed up the heartbeat.
Aromatic Profile: Sweet citrus, slightly fruity, fresh, woody undertone
Appearance: Pale yellow
Other Uses: Insect deterrent, fatigue, insect bites, infectious skin conditions, fatigue, oily skin (2)
Blending Suggestions: Add drop by drop in blends until desired effect is achieved. Dilute for external use
Blends Well With: Geranium, Lemon, Bergamot, Orange, Cedarwood, Pine
Safety Considerations: Non-toxic, non-irritant; may cause dermatitis in some individuals. Avoid use during pregnancy. (3)
1. Green, Keville. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art. 2009. p198.
2. Valerie Ann Worwood,The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition. Novato, CA: New World Library. 2016. 581.
3. Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils. 1992/2013. p75-76.