Citronella Essential Oil is made from the distillation of the Asian grass plant in the Cymbopogon genus. This fragrant grass got its name from the French word meaning “lemon balm,” due to its floral, citrus-like aroma. Like many essential oils, citronella oil has certain benefits, and has been used in China and Indonesia for centuries to treat rashes, infections, and other health conditions. Citronella oil’s antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties can also help to speed up the healing of wounds.
Benefits of Citronella Essential Oil:
- Acts an insect repellent.
- Treats parasitic infections.
- Promotes wound healing.
- Lifts mood
- Fights fatigue
How to use Citronella Essential Oil:
- Inhaling the components of citronella oil can decrease feeding, lower cholesterol, and slow down weight gain
- Dilute this oil with a carrier oil and use as a spray for freshening up a room or applying to your skin as an insect repellent
- Citronella oil can be added to oils and creams for topical applications. Using citronella oil in this way may help kill germs and fungi on the skin and also promote wound healing.
Avoid contact with eyes and inner ears. Dilute with a carrier oil before use. Discontinue use if irritation or rash occurs. If you are pregnant or nursing, or have a history of allergic reactions, speak to a doctor before using any essential oil. Always store the oils in a safe area away from children.
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