Citronella Cymbopogon winterianus Essential Oil Information

Cymbopogon winterianus

Citronella Essential Oil


Botanical Name

Alternative Names

Source Location

Plant part used


Cymbopogon nardus Cymbopogon winterianus

Java Citronella (winterianus)

Sri Lanka (nardus) Indonesia (winterianus)

Grass








Extraction Method

Color

Consistency

Aroma Strength


Steam distillation

Clear

Thin

Medium








Fragrance

Woody and slightly sweet in scent












Benefits

Treats the common cold, depression, clears the mind, migraines, headaches, fatigue, fever, and oily skin.  Relieves stomach and intestinal cramps, as well as menstrual cramps.















Blends Well With

Bergamot, Citrus Oils, Cedarwood, Geranium, Pine, Sandalwood














Constituents

Geraniol, citronellal













Properties

Antibacterial, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Antiperspirant, Astringent, Deodorant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Febrifuge, Fungicidal, Insecticide, Stomachic, Vermifuge.















Safety

A non-toxic, non-irritant, but can cause skin irritation, so do a patch test before applying to the skin. Avoid during pregnancy.















Misc Info

Citronella is the primary ingredient in many insect repellents as it kills and keeps away insects including fleas, ticks, and lice. Also effective on a species of mosquito, called Aedes Aegypti whose bite causes Yellow Fever.










 







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