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Citronella, Organic


Therapeutic Organic Citronella essential oil

Botanical name :  Cymbopogon nardus rendle  (Andropogon nardus,  Cymbopogon winterianus)
Extraction method / Source :  Steam distillation of the leaves
Aroma :  Sweet, fresh, lemony
Note Classification : Top       Odor Intensity : 3
Key constituents :  Geraniol, Limonene, citronellol, camphene, 1-borneol, citronellal, geraniol formate
Plant description :  Botanical family :  Poaceae or Gramineae (grasses)
Regions of Production :  Sri Lanka
Growing Practices :  Organically farmed. Plants are tested after harvest for purity.
Properties :  Powerful antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anti-parasitic (worms),  insect repellent, relaxant        Please refer to the Glossary for terms which may be new to you.
Uses / Benefits :  Respiratory infections, muscle/nerve pain, digestive/intestinal problems, anxiety, skin conditions (acne, eczema, oily skin), skin penetration enhancer, natural insect repellent
Fragrant influences:  Refreshing, uplifting, calming, promotes mental clarity
Precautions :  May irritate sensitive skin or make skin sensitive to the sun.
Blends well with :  Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass, Palmarosa , Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Tea Tree, Thyme.   Combining Citronella with any Cedarwood enhances its insect repelling properties.
History / Fun Facts :  Historically, Citronella was used by many cultures as a stimulant, to treat intestinal parasites, to relieve menstrual discomfort and to sanitize and deodorize surfaces.

All references are listed in the Bibliography section.

Notice : This information is for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease, and should not take the place of evaluation by a qualified health professional. Although we strive to provide information which is accurate and up to date, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information.

Precautions : Pure essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. Do not use them undiluted, or in the eyes or mucus membranes. If applying an essential oil to the skin, always dilute it with a proper carrier oil and test on a small patch of skin before applying to a large area. Do not take them internally except under the direction of a qualified professional trained in Aromatherapy. Always familiarize yourself with the safety, contraindications and proper preparation of each essential oil before use. Note that when using essential oils for children and the elderly, very low concentrations should be used. Keep all essential oils away from children and pets. 

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