Botanical Name: Cymbopogon nardus / Cymbopogon winterianus
Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Plant Part Typically Used: Grass
Perfumery Note: Top
Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
Aromatic Description: Citrusy, slightly fruity, fresh, sweet.
Citronella Essential Oil Uses: Muscular aches, infectious skin conditions, fevers, heat rash, excessive perspiration, fungal infections, fatigue, insect bites, insect deterrent. Arthritic and muscular pain, neuralgia, fatigue, nervous exhaustion, colds/flu, minor infections, insect repellent, excessive perspiration, oily skin.
Citronella is an aromatic, perennial grass that is cultivated primarily in Asia. Citronella Essential Oil is most widely known for its ability to deter mosquitos and other insects. Because the aroma is so widely associated with insect repellent products, Citronella Oil is often ignored for its other beneficial.
Citronella Essential Oil is abundant in citronellal (aldehyde) and in geraniol and citronellol (monoterpenols). The specific composition can vary due to several factors including the region that its grown.
Aromatically, Citronella Oil possesses a citrusy, slightly fruity, fresh and sweet aroma that blends well with essential oils in the citrus, floral, herbaceous and wood families.