Botanical Name: Cymbopogan nardus
Origin: Sri Lanka
Part Used: Leaves
Process: Steam Distillation
Plant Description: Native to Sri Lanka, this type of Citronella (Lenabatu) is a variety derived from wild-growing managrass found only in Sri Lanka; it is cultivated extensively on the southernmost tip of Sri Lanka. (Another type of Citronella (Java-type) is grown in nearly all tropical and semi-tropical areas of the world.) Citronella is a perennial grass that grows to a height of 3 feet with long slender leaves. The grass is dried prior to distillation which takes place in local facilities.
Oil Description: Yellow to brownish-yellow mobile liquid with a warm-woody, fresh, grassy and powerful, lemony aroma and slight camphoraceous note.
Historical/Traditional Uses: Citronella has been used for aromatic and medical purposes in many cultures for treating a vast variety of health issues including digestive and female reproductive complaints, intestinal parasites, and became popular for its use in wax candles to deter mosquitoes.
Applications (Uses and Indications): In aromatherapy, Citronella is indicated for headaches, oily skin, arthritis, and fatigue; it is used for its disinfectant and deodorizing properties on cooking surfaces and is used in industrial applications for its ability to mask unpleasant odors. An effective bug repellant can be made using equal parts Citronella and Virginia cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana) in a carrier oil. It is used extensively as an economical ingredient to scent lotions, soaps, deodorants, polishes, and detergents. In perfumery, Citronella blends well with bergamot, cedarwood, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, neroli, orange, peppermint, petitgrain, pine, sage, and ylang ylang.
Contraindications (Safety and Precautions): Non-toxic, not irritant; some individuals may experience dermal (sometimes severe) sensitization, especially with repeated use. May accelerate heart rate and should be avoided by those with heart issues. Avoid during pregnancy.
Standard Safety Precautions: Always dilute essential oils before using. Keep essential oils out of the eyes and mucous membranes; in case of contact, DO NOT use water, instead place a drop or two of vegetable oil on a tissue to gently wipe out of eye or off area of contact. In severe cases, seek professional help immediately. Keep out of the reach of children. In case of ingestion, call 911 immediately.
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