The Cymbopogon Nardus plant (commonly known as citronella), that has a distinct lemony aroma, is a type of lemongrass that is cultivated mainly in Asia and the islands of the South Pacific. Citronella essential oil is extracted from the leaves and stems of the plant and has been used as a non-toxic insect repellent since the 1900s.
100% pure citronella oil is extracted through a distillation process, using the fresh or dried plant.
Properties of citronella essential oil
Citronella essential oil has a variety of medical uses that range from it acting as a mild antidepressant to being antibacterial and antiseptic.
While leaving the user feeling emotionally uplifted, citronella oil can also kill bacteria and prevent any further growth of bacteria in the body. These antibacterial and antiseptic effects are most effective in the treatment of infected wounds, the bladder, urinary tract, intestines and kidneys.
This essential oil is also antifungal and kills and inhibits fungal growth. It is especially effective against funguses found in the ear, throat and nose.
This essential oil is also an effective anti-inflammatory agent and helps relieve spasms of muscles and respiratory system. These properties makes citronella oil perfect for the treatment of menstrual cramps as well as coughs.
The property citronella essential oil is most famous for is the repelling and killing of insects. It can be used to repel and/or kill mosquitoes, lice and fleas.