Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus) essential oil benefits
Citronella is an excellent insect deterrent and deodorizing essential oil. Citronella is not only a well-known insect and moth repellent but also a cat repellent. Its uplifting and refreshing aroma will improve when in synergy with Geranium and Lemongrass.
Botanical Name: Cymbopogon nardus
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation of the leaves
Origin: Thailand, India, Indonesia
Aroma: Rich, fresh, sweet, lemony
Blends well with: Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Bergamot, Cedarwood, citrus oils, Geranium, Pines, Tea Tree
Therapeutic properties: Insecticide, deodorant, disinfectant, stimulant
HOW TO USE
Spray Citronella diluted in water as an insect repellent (dilute 3-4 drops max every 5 ml of water or hydrosol).
Add 3-5 drops every 5 ml of carrier oil or cream or gel for longer-lasting insect protection than water-based insect repellent.
Can be a skin irritant and sensitizer – please skin patch test. Avoid during the first trimester of pregnancy and babies.