Perhaps most recognized as an ingredient in candles and sprays, citronella oil has been celebrated and revered for generations for its role in helping keep away those pesky bugs while enjoying the outdoors. In aromatherapy, it:
Offers balance and stimulation of the senses**
Helps optimize mental clarity and focus**
Invigorates, uplifts and clarifies**
What is Citronella?
Distinctly grassy and lemony, the familiar scent of citronella brings memories of warm summer nights spent enjoying the child-like delight of being outside. Citronella features long, narrow leaves and cane-like stems that emit this nostalgic aroma, which certainly cannot be mistaken for anything else! A tropical plant, Cymbopogon nardus grows naturally amongst the rolling coastal plains on the island of Sri Lanka, where it has been harvested and utilized for its famous abilities to help fend off those pesky bugs for generations.
Found in candles, torches, lotions and sprays, citronella has been historically revered for its role in keeping away bugs, which is due to the presence of citronellal, one of the citronella’s main constituents. Its popularity and dependency as your best friend while hiking in the woods was once unmatched—so much so that during World War II there was a shortage of this precious plant!
Citronella Essential Oil
Steam distilled from the grass of the plant, citronella oil offers a variety of benefits in aromatherapy. Its pleasing aroma invigorates and uplifts the spirit while helping instil sharp clarity. It balances and stimulates the senses, warming them and simultaneously activating them to their full potential. Combining citronella oil with a carrier oil and applying topically can offer more than just a defense against bugs--it can also promote skin health!
Blending essential oils opens up a world of wellness possibilities! Other oils that compliment citronella’s unmistakable fragrance include: bergamot, cedarwood, geranium, pine, sandalwood, and citrus oils.
PipingRock's pure Citronella Oil is available in 1/2 oz., 2 oz. & 16 oz. bottles.
Citronella Oil Directions for Use
Add 3-5 drops of Citronella Oil to a diffuser or vaporizer, to a bowl of steaming water or a hot bath to fill a room with its familiar scent. To use topically, add ~5 drops of Citronella Oil to ~10 mL of any PipingRock carrier oil.
Citronella Oil is for external use only and should be diluted in a carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed or avocado oil before being used topically. Do not apply to broken or irritated skin. Always consult your trusted physician before adding any essential oil to your regimen, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking any medications. Discontinue use and alert your doctor should an adverse reaction occur. Keep out of reach of children and away from eyes and mouth. Essential oils are flammable.