Citronella is distilled from a tropical, perennial grass. It is a well-known insect and mosquito repellant. It is also useful in treating fever, colds, flu and migraines. Possible skin irritant.
Our organic Citronella from India is distilled from a perennial grass, Cymbopogon winterianus – also known as the Java type – that is considered superior for use in perfumery because of its fresh, sweet, lemony aroma. Cymbopogon nardus (known as the Ceylon type) is commonly used for aromatherapeutic applications for which it is well suited. This differentiation is due to the variance in their chemical compositions, mainly in their geraniol content (higher percent in the Ceylon type) and citronellal content (higher percent in the Java type), and also accounts for the difference in their aromas.
Aromatherapy Uses: A well-known insect and mosquito repellent, it is also useful in fighting fatigue, headaches and migraines.
Aromatic Profile: Sweet, fresh, and lemony, with a soft grassy/green undertone; has a sweet and somewhat woody dryout.
Appearance: Pale yellow, transparent, mobile liquid.
Use: Aromatherapy, Natural Perfumery.
Blending Suggestions: Dilute and add drop by drop to your blends until the desired effect is achieved.
Blends Well With: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus (Narrow Leaf), Geranium, Ginger, Helichrysum, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Litsea Cubeba, Myrtle, Neroli, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Pine, Rosemary, Sage, Spearmint, Spruce, Tangerine, Vetiver, Yarrow, Ylang Ylang. Java-type Citronella oil finds extensive use in perfumery, both directly and indirectly. Soaps, soapflakes, detergents, household cleaners, technical products, insecticides, etc. are often perfumed exclusively with this oil.
Safety Considerations: Low risk of skin sensitization, otherwise has GRAS status (Generally Recognized as Safe). Dilute before use. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.