Citronella Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Cymbopogon nardus
Plant Part: Leaves
Extraction Method: Steam
Origin: Sri Lanka
Description: Citronella oil is extracted from a resilient grass (Cymbopogon nardus) native to Sri Lanka and Java. It is a very aromatic perennial that grows approximately 1 meter (3 feet) in height.
Color: Yellow Brown
Common Uses: 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.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Citronella blends well with most oils, but specifically well with Bergamot, Bitter Orange, Cedarwood, Geranium, Lemon, Orange, Lavender and Pine.
Aromatic Scent: Citronella has a well rounded lemon citrus scent, though it is much softer than actual Lemon. It also has subtle wood tones.
History: Citronella 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 conscious customers.
Cautions: Citronella may irritate sensitive skin.