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General Properties of Citronella Essential Oil

  • antiseptic
  • deodorant
  • insecticidal
  • parasiticide
  • purifier
  • tonic

Origin: Indonesia. Steam distilled from the grass. Top note.

Description of Citronella Essential Oil

Citronella is derived from a scented grass. It is steam distilled to produce an essential oil that is yellowish brown in color with a powerful lemony scent. Its main countries of origin include Sri Lanka, Madagascar and South America.

Citronella essential oil's main chemical constituents are citronellal and geraniol. Because of it germ-fighting properties, it is a great essential oil to use for cleaning any surface.

When venturing into the great outdoors, Citronella essential oil is to blend into a body spray, as it will help to keep those flying pests off your skin! A few drops on pot pourri, in water, on candles or burners is also very effective. Mixed with a vegetable carrier oil and rubbed onto the skin, it will keep mosquitoes from biting.

Citronella essential oil blends well with Bergamot essential oil, Lemon essential oil, Orange essential oil and Lemongrass essential oil, creating a fresh, uplifting and extremely CLEAN smelling blend.

Specific Cautions for Citronella Essential Oil

May irritate sensitive skin and can cause dermatitis in some individuals. Avoid during pregnancy.

References about Citronella Essential Oil

Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications for Citronella Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Cymbogpogon nardus
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Appearance: Clear Liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: A MSDS sheet is available for this product.