Latin Name: Cymbopogon nardus
Common Name: Citronella (aka Java Citronella, Maha Pengiri, Serai, Miyah Serai)
Botanical Name: Cymbopogon nardus (synonymous with Andropogon nardus L. java)
Botany: A tall yellowish brown perennial grass that grows to about 6 feet and has red base stems. Mostly grown in tropical areas of the world.
History: Most citronella oil is used in the world to manufacture mosquito and insect repellant.
Plant Part: Grass
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Cultivation Method: Ethically farmed
Fragrance: Lemon-like, grassy, fresh, woodsy, slightly fruity
Color of Oil: Clear
Note: Top Note
Blends well with: Basil, Bergamot, Cajeput, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Galbanum, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Neroli, Orange, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Pine, Sage, Ylang Ylang
Therapeutic Benefits - Mind: Citronella is cleansing, clearing, refreshing, and vitalizing.
Therapeutic Benefits - Body: Citronella is antiseptic. It is a tonic to the body and relieves headaches. Citronella is most widely used as an insect repellent and deodorant.
Therapeutic Benefits - Spirit: Citronella opens the throat chakra. It brings inner vision.
Chemical Constituents: citronellal, citronellol, geraniol
Common Adulterants: Geraniol (synthetic or bioidentical)
Application Method: Dilute 10 drops in 1 oz carrier oil, massage oil, or lotion and apply to skin. Use 4 drops in 2 cups of hot water for a steam.
Warnings: May irritate skin – always dilute.
Color Energy: Yellow - Cleansing