- Color: Clear
- Oil Consistency: Thin
- Perfumery Note: Top
- Initial Aroma Strength: Medium
- Scent: Citrusy (similar to lemongrass), slightly fruity, fresh, sweet.
Action: Antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, insecticidal, insect repellent, deodorant, diaphoretic, antiparasitic, tonic, stimulant.
Benefits, Indications: Headaches, respiratory infections, neuralgia, fatigue and oily skin. Can be used as an antiseptic to sanitize and deodorize surfaces. It makes an excellent insect repellent when combined with cedarwood.
More Info: Citronella oil's most useful quality is that of it being an insect repellent. It is best used in a spray, a diffuser or on a cotton ball amongst linen. It is also useful in ridding cats and dogs of fleas. Furthermore, citronella oil helps to clear the mind and has a general toning and tonic effect on the body. It is helpful with colds, flu and minor infections and also has deodorizing qualities.
Citronella oil is not only of benefit in its use as an insecticidal, but its antiseptic properties make it a great boon when wishing to clear a sickroom. It also has an excellent effect on clearing the mind. It may be used for combating excessive perspiration and for balancing oily skin, as well as fighting intestinal parasites and bringing down fever.
Chemical Constituents: citronellic acid, borneol, citronellol, geraniol, nerol, citral, citronellal, camphene, dipentene and limonene
Precautions: Possible skin irritant; possible contact sensitization from repeated use.
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