citronella-plant

Citronella Aromatherapy Oil

Botanical Name: Cymbopogon nardus

Family: Graminae

Location: It is grown mainly in India, Java and Sri Lanka.

Extraction: Steam distillation of the dried leaves.

Colour & Odour: The aromatherapy oil is pale yellow in colour having a fresh, lemony and sweet odour.

Description: A hardy grass growing to about 90cm with long slender leaves; it flowers periodically.

Background: Introduced to Europe during the nineteenth century. Known universally for its insect-repellent properties. It is used in Europe as a room freshener. Kept in linen cupboards it will keep clothes fresh and deter moths and insects. Citronella is disliked by cats and rodents.

Properties: Tonic, stimulant, antiseptic, insceticide and antidepressant.

Precaution: This oil is best used in lower concentrations as it may cause irritation in sensitive people.

Emotional: Eases feelings of depression by its clearing and uplifting effect.

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