The citronella oil is extracted from the Cymbopogon Nardus plant of the Graminae family (Poaceae). It is also known by the names Sri Lanka or Lenabatu citronella. The oil is used as an insect repellent, especially for malaria mosquitoes. It has a strong effect on the cleansing of the mind, refreshes rooms and relieves the skin, in the case of problems such as oily skin and sweaty feet.
The citronella essential oil has a light and sweet lemon smell.
The citronella essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of finely chopped pieces of fresh or dried grass.
The main chemical components of the citronella oil are: citronellic acid, borneol, citronelol, geraniol, neolla, citral, citronelal, camphen, dipentene and lemon.
Citric acid oil can irritate sensitive skin and may cause dermatitis in some people.
The therapeutic properties of citronella essential oil are: antiseptic, bactericidal, deodorant, perspiration, insecticide, parasitic, tonic and stimulant.
The most useful property of the citronella oil is as an insect repellent. It is used as a spray, in a diffuser or cotton swab. It is also used to protect flea pets.
Oil helps purify the mind and has a toning effect on the whole body. It is useful for colds, flu and infections.
- Application of inhalers: In the diffuser, citronella oil can be used against insects, colds and flu, to clear consciousness and recharge with positive energy in a hospital room. In Africa, where malaria is a serious problem, citronella oil is mainly used to prevent malaria mosquitoes.
- Application in creams and lotions: When added to cream or lotion, citronella oil is mainly used to protect against malarious mosquitoes. Another application is to refresh the legs of people suffering from excessive sweating of the limbs.