Citronella

Steam distilled from leaves, Citronella is a non-toxic insect-repelling agent, a natural and fragrant household cleaning agent, and an ingredient in perfumery, soaps, detergents, scented candles, and cosmetic products.


Ceylon and Java are the two varieties of Citronella from which the essential oil is derived via steam distillation of their fresh leaves.


The main chemical composition of Citronella Oil’s two varieties is similar but the constituents vary in their amounts:




HISTORY AND BENEFITS OF CITRONELLA

Citronella is commonly mistaken for Lemongrass, as they share a similar appearance, growth, and processing method. Exuding a rich, fresh, uplifting scent similar to that of lemon, this fragrant grass has earned the name Citronella from the French word meaning “lemon balm.”


For centuries, Citronella Oil has been a natural medicinal remedy and a food ingredient in China, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia and is traditionally used as a flavoring agent in culinary applications,


Aromatherapy:

Citronella Essential Oil is known to slow or prevent the growth and spread of harmful airborne bacteria while also repelling flying insects, such as mosquitos. It eases and uplifts negative sentiments such as sadness, anxiety, and stress by relaxing the body and mind and promoting a sense of lightheartedness. May ease muscles spasms, such as menstrual cramps, as well as spasms of the respiratory and nervous systems.


Cosmetically:

Citronella Essential Oil can deodorize and refresh foul body odors by inhibiting the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Ideal for use on bug bites, sores, swelling, warts, age spots, and fungal infections.


Hair:

Oily hair can benefit from Citronella Essential Oil’s ability to regulate sebum production as well as its ability to cleanse the scalp and hair of oil, dead skin, dirt, dandruff, product residue, and a build-up of environmental pollutants.


Medicinally:

By relaxing the muscles, Citronella Oil relieves spasms and gas, thereby relieving abdominal pain, coughing, and menstrual cramps.



Uses:

Citronella Oil can enhance concentration and promote mental clarity. Simply diffuse 3 drops of Citronella Oil in a diffuser of personal preference and enjoy a greater sense of focus.

Citronella Oil can offer respite from discomforts of the respiratory system, such as congestion, infection, and irritation of the throat or sinuses, Simply diffuse a blend consisting of 2 drops each of Citronella, Lavender, and Peppermint essential oils to attain this relief while also enhancing circulation and reducing stress and anxiety.


Citronella Essential Oil is known to naturally deodorize and freshen the air of an indoor environment. For an air freshener that disinfects while it boosts the mood, add 30 drops Citronella Essential Oil and 2 Tbsp. (30 ml/1 oz.) White Distilled Vinegar in a 240 ml (8 oz.) glass spray bottle, then fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water, leaving a little bit of empty space at the top.


For additional advice on how to use or blend oils please contact MrsNurse at contact@mrandmrsnurse.com


Cautions:

For external use only: MrandMrsNurse always suggest consulting with a medical practitioner before using essential oils for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised not to use essential oils without the medical advice of a physician. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use.


Essential Oils should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children.





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