Digging Deeper Into Herbs and Oils, Natural Living, Wellness

Digging Deeper: Citronella

Thanks for joining us! Who’s ready to dig deeper into Citronella?

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Citronella Essential Oil (Cymbopogon nardus)

Did you just picture Tiki torches? I just pictured Tiki torches.

Every time I hear the name Citronella it takes me back to the early years of my marriage when we had tons of parties out on our torch lined patio in Charleston. The mosquitoes were a real thing, y’all.

As a relative of Lemongrass, Citronella has a slight citrus scent that provides a pleasant and inviting experience whenever it’s used. Its versatility makes it a great household product to add to your beauty routine or to refresh indoor and outdoor spaces.

Citronella oil is steam distilled from the leafy parts of the citronella plant, also known as Cymbopogon nardus. Thanks to its fresh, welcoming aroma, Citronella essential oil is a common element in perfumes and cosmetic products and is well known for its use in outdoor candles, sprays, lotions, and other camping and outdoor essentials.

Used by various cultures to treat intestinal parasites, menstrual problems, and as a stimulant. Historically used to sanitize and deodorize surfaces. Enhanced insect repelling properties when combined with cedarwood.

Medical Properties: Powerful antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, insect repellent, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiparasitic (worms), relaxant

Uses: Respiratory infections, muscle/nerve pain, digestive/intestinal problems, anxiety, skin problems (acne, eczema, oily skin), skin penetration enhancer

Fragrant Influence: Refreshing and uplifting

Essential Oils Desk Reference, Seventh Edition


Citronella is used in many different products including:

Purification Blend

Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak
Insect Repellent
Insect Repellent Wipes
Animal Scents: Puriclean
Animal Scents: Shampoo

Thank you for joining me in digging deeper into Citronella. I hope you enjoy this sweet oil as much as we do.

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Finally, the obligatory disclaimer.

I am not a doctor. None of the statements included in this post have been approved by the FDA or any other cool acronym known agency. It is Young Living’s official stance that they and these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any specific disease or illness. Young Living Independent Distributor #14632733

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