Cymbopogon nardus from which Citronella Essential oil is extracted is from a very hardy and resilient grass native to Sri Lanka and Java but now grown all over SE Asia. It is a very aromatic perennial that grows approximately 1 metre in height. It is related to Citral and Lemongrass. This oil is from Sri Lanka.
Reported Attributes of Citronella Essential Oil:-
Traditional and Emotional uses reportedly include:-
antiseptic, deodorant, insecticide, parasitic, tonic and as a stimulant. Nonetheless, most people will associate it with its insecticide properties. Many commercial repellents contain Citronella Ceylon, and it is often used in combination with Cedarwood to produce a pleasant smelling natural insect repellent. It will also be seen in soaps and candles, and it has common applications in massage. It is reputed to help with minor infection, but is more commonly known and used in preparations for excessive perspiration and for conditioning oily skin and hair.
Citronella Blends Well With:-
Citronella Ceylon blends well with most oils, but specifically well with Bergamot, Bitter Orange, Cedarwood, Geranium, Lemon, Orange, Lavender and Pine.
Citronella Ceylon essential oil was one of the worlds dominant insect repellents before the introduction of DDT. Recent history has indicated that Citronella is once again becoming the product of choice for health concious customers.
Citronella may irritate sensitive skin.