Citronella essential oil is extracted from the leaves and stems of two varieties of citronella grass plant, Ceylon variety, scientifically known as (Cymbopogon Nardus) and Java variety (Cymbopogon Winterianus) through steam distillation. The oil is a concentrated form of antioxidants and phytochemicals that has been used in Asian countries like Indonesia, Sri Lanka and china for centuries to reducing inflammation, fight infections, pain, rashes and other health conditions. Citronella is most common ingredient in homemade as well as commercial mosquito repellent products as it repels mosquito and other bugs naturally. It is also popularly used to flavor foods and beverages. Apart from this, Citronella essential oil has wide range of medicinal properties like antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, fungicidal, diuretic, antidepressant, diaphoretic and deodorant.
Benefits And Uses Of Citronella Essential Oil:
1. Fights Bacteria And Fungi:
Citronella essential oil contains strong antibacterial and antifungal properties that inhibits bacterial growth and heals infection and wounds. It can be helpful in fighting infection in colon, intestine, stomach, urethra, urinary tracts, and kidneys and prostate.
2. Reduces Inflammation:
Due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties Citronella calms inflammation, particularly internal inflammation of liver, intestines, stomach that affects other part of digestive system.it also relieves from inflammation caused due to side effects of drugs, toxic element, excessive alcohol consumption etc. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory property of Citronella oil act together to helps to increase blood flow and relieves from pain and soreness associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Massage the swollen joint combining any carrier oil like coconut or jojoba oil with citronella essential oil to get immediate relief from arthritis pain and soreness.
3. Acts As Antidepressant:
Citronella oil can help to calm and relax your mind, relieve from anxiety and depression, can deal with nervous fatigue due to its antidepressant property and nice invigorating aroma. Relaxing the mind it will help you to sleep better and improve your mental health. The oil can even bring relief from migraine headache. For reducing stress and relaxing your mind use this oil in your diffuser, massage in your skin or spray in your bed sheets.
4. Repels Insects Naturally:
Citronella oil is most commonly used for repelling mosquitoes and other insects. It has been found very effective in repelling most dangerous Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes that causes dreaded yellow fever and dengue. This oil can also be used to get rid of flies and lice. To prepare best repellant spray combine 5-6 drops of citronella essential oil with 2-3 spoon of vanilla in a spray bottle and spray several times a day to repel those pesky insects. You can also combine with coconut oil and apply on your skin to avoid bug bites.
5. Enhances Detoxification:
Being a natural diaphoretic of citronella essential oil has diuretic properties which increases sweating and urination and hence encourages removal of toxins out of your body. This process promotes detoxification by drawing out excess water, bile, fat and sodium from the body. It helps to reduce water weight, joint pain and improve your overall health. For detoxification, make a drink adding hot water, 2-3 drops of citronella essential oil, juice of half a lemon and a spoonful of raw honey.
6. Supports Digestive Health:
Detoxifying the gut, stomach and liver, citronella promotes digestive health. It also helps to stop bacterial growth. Killing worms and parasite in the colon it provides relief from spams, menstrual cramps.
7. Muscle Relaxant:
Since citronella helps to improve blood flow, it can be used as an excellent muscle relaxant. Massaging this oil combining with carrier oil can help to relieve muscle pain, spams and cramping during menstrual cycle.
8. Inhibits Fungal Growth:
Citronella has powerful antifungal properties which can bring relief from fungal infection in the ear, throat, and nose. It can also be used as a household cleaner too. Clear your bathroom, kitchen counter tops and other surfaces using this essential oil spray adding water instead of depending harsh hazardous cleaner to get rid of foodborne pathogens and other harmful fungi and bacteria.
9. Natural Deodorizer And Room Freshener:
Citronella has lemony, refreshing citrusy scent which is often used for making candles, perfumes, soaps, deodorant and cosmetics. You can use this as a natural room freshener and also add few drop to deodorize your appliances like washing machine, dishwasher and refrigerator etc.
10. Fights Acne And Other Skin Problems:
Fight acne and other skin conditions are highly effective in fighting acne causing bacteria. It can also help to slow skin aging and bring relief from dermatitis, eczema, heal wounds and cuts and treat boils. Reducing sebum builds up its help to fight acne and blemishes and improves skin health.
Citronella oil blends well with lemon, orange, geranium, eucalyptus, lemongrass and peppermint oil.