Citronella essential oil has a fresh, grassy and citrusy scent and is one of the most popular aromatherapy oils for keeping mosquitoes and insects at bay.
Citronella oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic and deodorizing properties. This makes it useful to treat muscle aches and spasms, menstrual cramps, acne, eczema, dermatitis, fungal skin infections and body odor.
When used aromatically, citronella oil can encourage relaxation, reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, and make one feel mentally invigorated.
Directions for use
Citronella oil is safe for external and aromatic use by adults and children of 6 months and older; however always dilute it when used externally as it may cause skin irritation.
To repel insects, deodorize your home and relieve stress and low mood, you can add a few drops of citronella oil to an oil diffuser. You can also combine a 2-3 drops of citronella with a carrier oil and apply it to exposed areas of skin, making sure to reapply it at least once per hour for the insect repelling effects to continue.
Rub a diluted solution of citronella oil onto itchy skin, insect bites, painful joints and sore muscles, or add it to a warm bath to soothe an aching body. You can make an oil blend by combining citronella with lemongrass and peppermint oil.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice to diagnose, treat or cure any health condition. The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that essential oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a medical doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. All cautions, listed or not, for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion. Unless otherwise specified, all essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil when used externally. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have an existing health condition please consult your doctor before attempting to use a new essential oil.