Citronella Essential Oil

Latin Name:Cymbopogon nardus
Country of Origin:Ceylon
Extraction Method:Steam Distillation
Plant Part(s):Leaves

Citronella essential oil is commonly known for its natural insect repellent properties, though it has many other uses in aromatherapy. The oil is steam distilled from a tall, aromatic, perennial grass originally native to Sri Lanka. Traditional use has included treatment of fever, intestinal parasites, digestive and menstrual problems. In Chinese medicine, citronella is used for rheumatic pain. When travelling, some folks will drop citronella essential oil on tissues and place them near an open window to repel insects (combining with peppermint enhances the effectiveness for mosquitoes).

Recommended Uses

Citronella is known to help aid athletes foot, fever, excessive perspiration, heat rashes, insect bites and stings, muscular aches and pains and rheumatic pain. It may be antifungal and anti-inflammatory.

This product has not been evaluated by the CFIA or Health Canada. This information is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We recommend consulting with a certified health practitioner or aromatherapist before beginning therapeutic use.

Scent Profile

Citronella is a top note. It is strong, sweet, woody and lemon-like.


Blends well with balsam of peru, bergamot, cedarwood, cinnamon bark/leaf, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, ginger, juniper, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, may chang, myrtle, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, rosemary, spearmint, black spruce, tangerine, vetiver, yarrow and ylang ylang.

Contraindications / Safety

May cause irritation on sensitive skin. Avoid use during pregnancy.

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