Citronella oil has been used for centuries in many countries for centuries as a concentrated form of antioxidants and Phytochemicals taken from the plant’s stems and leaves to help decrease rashes, inflammation which is the root of most diseases, infections, pain and other health conditions. According to the clinical studies, pure citronella oil is an antiseptic, antimicrobial and antifungal treatment. Citronella oil naturally repels mosquitos and other bugs. Because citronella fights infections, bacteria, and fungi, it’s also been used to sanitize surfaces and treat mites or parasites. Because citronella fights infections, bacteria, and fungi, it’s also been used to sanitize surfaces and treat mites or parasites. There are two primary types of citronella used to create pure citronella oil are the Java type and the Ceylon type, even though there are more than 30 species of Cymbopogon grown widely across Southeast Asia. Both the types originally come from parts of Asia, especially grassy areas of Sri Lanka. Citronella oil is related to lemongrass essential oil and some other citrus oils in terms of smell, benefits, and uses. Ceylon citronella is obtained from the Cymbopogon nardus Rendle plant and It has a scent similar to citrus fruits, wood, and cinnamon. The Java type is similar to Ceylon citronella and is derived from a related species called Cymbopogon winterianus Jowitt. It is quite expensive and more powerful when compared to the Ceylon.
Uses of Citronella Oil
I. Natural Insect Repellent
Citronella is said to be a gentle, plant-based insect repellent. It is used to repel the dangerous mosquitoes which are capable of spreading dangerous fever such as dengue. It is also useful to prevent body lice, flies, head lice etc. You need to apply citronella oil about every 30–60 minutes so that its bug-repelling effects will last longer. You can combine several drops of it with coconut oil and spread it on your body like lotion, or add some to a spray bottle with water and cover your skin, hair, and clothes. Applying pure citronella oil directly to the body is considered to be more effective for fighting bugs.
II. Relaxant and Stress Reducer
Citronella is used in aromatherapy which is used to control emotion. It can also help relax your mind and contribute to reduced stress reactions and better sleep for people who can’t sleep.
III. Detoxification Enhancer
Citronella can increase sweating and urination that draws toxins out of the body because it acts as a type of natural diaphoretic and diuretic agent.
IV. Muscle Relaxant
Citronella can help improve blood flow that lowers muscle spasms and tenderness, cramps, swelling, and pain. Massage the citronella oil by mixing it with a carrier into the sore muscles or on the abdomen when dealing with PMS cramps.
V. Natural Skin Care
The oil is used to speed up wound healing, which might be beneficial for remedying acne, getting rid of warts, treating boils and healing age spots. Citronella oil can help in healing dermatitis along with naturally treating eczema, slow skin aging, heal bug bite scars etc. It can also treat some fungal infections on the skin.
VI. Kitchen Cleaner
The citronella has strong antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can help clean the kitchen, bathroom and household surfaces without the need for harsh chemicals.
Citronella oil is practically non-toxic to birds. It is toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms. It repels insects rather than killing them. Therefore, bees and various pollinators are not harmed. It does not affect birds, fish or other wildlife in a harmful way because of its low toxicity and use patterns.