Featured Essential Oil
Citronella oil Cymbopogon nardus
Extraction Method: Steam distillation.
Parts Used: Fresh, part-dried, or dried grass.
Citronella oil has a slightly sweet, lemony smell.
Origin of citronella oil
It is extracted from a hardy grass, native to Sri Lanka and Java. This aromatic perennial grows about 3 feet high and is a popular ingredient in wax candles, as an insect repellent, and is also widely used in perfumes, soaps, skin lotions and deodorants.
Although this essential oil has been typecast as an insect repellent (especially for malaria carrying mosquitoes), it also has great benefit in clearing the mind, refreshing rooms and for softening skin, while combating oily skin and sweaty feet.
Arthritis, bronchitis, chills, colds, diarrhea, flu, intestinal infections, libido, menstrual pain, nervous exhaustion, poor circulation, rheumatism, sluggish digestion, sneezing, stress-related conditions.
Essential Oil Applications:
-For dogs with fleas, add a couple of drops to a “doggie bandana” or to an absorbent collar, such as woven nylon, and place around dog’s neck. Do not use this method for cats, as felines are much more sensitive to this scent.
-For digestive complaints, mix 2 drops with 2-3 tablespoons of a carrier oil and massage on abdominal area.
-For headaches and migraines, use 2-3 drops in a cold or hot compress.
-As an insect repellent, use a few drops in a burner, vaporizer, or diffuser. Works especially well if used by an open window. Be careful if used indoors, as it can adversely affect caged birds.
-As a moth repellent, place a few drops on a cotton ball, and place in closet or linen closet. Refresh periodically.
-For oily skin, mix 2-3 drops with a carrier oil, and dab on face with a cotton ball.
-To keep neighbourhood cats from digging up your garden, mix 10-12 drops of oil in a plastic spray bottle full of water, and spray around your garden. Do not spray directly on plants.
-As a deodorant, mix 2-3 drops with a carrier oil and apply to arm pits.
-For those who are bedridden, Citronella is a great freshener for the “sickroom.” Place a couple of drops in a diffuser or lamp ring. Will also help to clear the mind at the same time.
Do not use while pregnant. Citronella oil may irritate sensitive skin and cause dermatitis in certain individuals.