Citronella Essential Oil is steam distilled from the leaves and stems of the Cymbopogon species of plants, especially Cymbopogon nardus. Citronella oil is famous as a
plant-based insect repellent, a bio-pesticide with a non-toxic mode of action.
As well as being useful as an insect repellent for the skin, this oil is also good for excessive perspiration, oily skin and hair, and works as a deodorant. It is said to soothe pain caused by rheumatism and arthritis, and resist flu, colds and minor infections.
The oil is good for the digestive system to heal colitis, intestinal infections, and get rid of intestinal parasites. It eases menstrual cramps and pain, and speeds up the heartbeat. Used in a vaporiser, it is known to dispel fatigue, headaches, and neuralgia, and create a mood of cheer and optimism.