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Botanical Name:  Cymbopogon nardus

Place of Origin:

Botanical Family:  Poaceae (Gramineae)

Methods of Extraction:  Steam distillation of the dried grass

Scent:  Citronella has a powerful lemony aroma which blends well with all citrus and woody oils and is very widely used in household cleaning products and insecticides.

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Properties:   Antibacterial, Antispasmodic, Digestive stimulant, Anti-inflammatory, Antifungal, Insecticide.

Aromatherapy Applications:  Insect repellent, Acne, fungal infections,

Mind & Body:  

Aromatherapist Recommendations:

  • For a natural air freshener – add 3 drops of Citronella, 3 drops of Geranium and 2 drops of Pine to a clean plant spray filled with water, shake well and spray into the air. Avoid polished surfaces and pets.
  • Try 2 drops of Citronella, 2 drops of Cedarwood and 2 drops of Eucalyptus Citriodora in an oil burner or diffuser, this can help maintain an insect-free BBQ.
  • Contraindications: Non toxic. Do not use on sensitive or damaged skin.
  • Did you know: Citronella grass has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to treat flatulence and colic.
  • Chakra: Throat
  • Chinese Element: Earth


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