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Citronella Essential Oil

Citronella Essential Oil

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Scientific Name

Cymbopogon winterianus


Extraction Method

Steam distilled


Note Classification




Rich, fresh, sweet, lemony



Antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, deodorant, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, insect repellent, stomachic, stimulant, tonic, and vermifuge.



Citronella is used in perfumery and is widely known as an insect repellant.


Blends Well With

Bergamot, cedarwood, citrus oils, geranium, pine, sandalwood.


Herbal Miscellany

Cymbopogon winterianus or Java citronella has a higher geraniol and citronellol content then Cymbopogon nardus or Sri Lanka citronella. Because of these constituents Java citronella is used more in perfumery.



Oil Specific: Avoid while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.

General: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.


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