Citronella Essential Oil
Latin Name : Cymbopogon Nardus
Part Of Plant Used : Dried Grass
Source : Java
Extraction Method : Steam Distillation
Citronella Essential Oil is steam distilled from the leaves and stems of the Cymbopogon species of plants, especially Cymbopogon nardus.
It is famous as a plant-based insect repellent, a bio-pesticide with a non-toxic action, and has been registered for this use in USA since 1948.
Other than being useful as an insect repellent for the skin, this oil is good for excessive perspiration, oily skin and hair, and works as a deodorant.
It is said to soothe pain due to rheumatism and arthritis, and resist flu, colds and minor infections.
It is good for the digestive system to heal colitis, intestinal infections, and get rid of intestinal parasites.
It can ease menstrual cramps and pain.
Used in a vaporiser, it is known to dispel fatigue, headaches, and neuralgia, and create a mood of cheer and optimism.
Avoid use during pregnancy, and in children under 3 yrs old.
Do not consume internally.
Ancient cultures in India, Egypt, and elsewhere, where the Cymbopogon species of grasses grew used them to repel insects, especially mosquitoes. In those times, people settled near rivers, and water bodies.
While this was a good thing in many ways, it also meant an abundance of insects, mosquitoes, which brought disease and killed people. So, the use of this grass as repellent was a matter of life and death at that time.
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