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Oil Name: Citronella
Note:Top
Parts of plant used: Grass
Botanical Name:Cymbopogon Nardus
Aroma:Citric, mildly sweet and very aromatic, almost overpowering.

Citronella Essential Oil Constituents

 

Citronella Essential Oil uses, description and origin:

Citronella oil was originally exported from Sri Lanka only but now also from Java. This oil is often adulterated with kerosene to reduce cost of manufacture so it is important to buy from a reputable supplier.

Can sometimes irritate the skin.

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Citronella Uses for/In treatment of:

Insect repellentFoot bathHeadaches
   

Citronella Properties:

AntidepressantTonicDeodorant
AntisepticAnti-parasitic 
   

Citronella Constituents (Citronella Ingredients):

Below we list reported constituents of this Citronella. This may not be complete as continuous research constantly discovers new constituents.

Citronellal and Citronellol: Citronellal a Terpene Aldehyde and Citronellol a Terpene Alcohol. Fragrant and regarded as highly valued oil in aromatherapy and the perfume industry. Terpene alcohols are antimicrobial but are a lot gentler on the skin than the phenols. Citronellal from Citronella grass has a more pungent smell and is less gentle on skin. Aldehydes are sedative, antiviral and antimicrobial but can be an irritant to the skin.

Geraniol: A terpene alcohol. Fragrant and regarded as highly valued oil in aromatherapy and the perfume industry. Terpene alcohols are antimicrobial but are a lot gentler on the skin than the phenols.  

Pinene: Commonly found in Oil of Turpentine extracted from Pinus specie trees, pinene (alpha-pinene and beta-pinene) is also widely distributed in other plants. It is used for Rheumatism as a liniment but is best known by Aromatherapists and a tonic of the mucus membranes of the respiratory system. Pinene is also important for its pleasant fragrance and is believed to have diuretic properties by many.

Limonene: Limonene has been studied for the anti-tumour effect noticed in mice. Herbalists often prescribe herbs with this constituent as an antioxidant and cancer or tumour inhibitor although there is evidence that these properties are volatile and may be lost as a result of processing of the herb. Limonene also has antiviral properties.

Linanool: Linalool one of the terpene alcohols is widely distributed in the plant kingdom. Linalool has strong effects on the nervous system and is therefore widely used by aroma therapists and herbologists as a sedative, spasmolytic and local anaesthetic. It is also used against many skin complaints, mostly in the form of tea tree oil.

 
 
 

Citronella Contraindications, do not use if:

   
   
We cannot warrant that this list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.
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