Botanical Name: Cymbopogon winterianus
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Grass Note
Aroma: Rich, fresh, sweet, lemony
Largest Producing Countries: Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Java
Traditional Use: Citronella is used in perfumery and medicinally to aid with fevers and rheumatic pain. It has also been used for menstrual and digestive problems. It is more widely known as an insect repellant.
Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, deodorant, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, fungicidal, insecticide, stimulant, stomachic, tonic
Benefits: Acne, arthritis, bruises, colds, exhaustion, excessive perspiration, fatigue, fever, flu, headaches, infections, insect bites and stings, insect repellant, neuralgia, oily skin, rheumatism, stomach spasms. Citronella oil can be used to make your own outdoor candles for those late summer nights.
Blends Well With: Bergamot, cedarwood, citrus oils, geranium, pine, sandalwood.
Of Interest: Cymbopogon winterianus or Java citronella has a higher geraniol and citronellol content then Cymbopogon nardus or Sri Lanka citronella. Because of these constituents Java citronella is used more in perfumery.
Safety Data: Avoid while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.