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Botanical Name: Cymbopogon Winterianus
Plant Part: Leaves
Extraction Method: Steam
Origin: Sri Lanka
Description: Citronella oil is
extracted from a resilient grass (Cymbopogon nardus) native to Sri Lanka and
Java. It is a very aromatic perennial that grows approximately 1 meter (3 feet)
Color: Yellow Brown
Common Uses: Citronella Java is
credited with having therapeutic properties as an antiseptic, deodorant,
insecticide, parasitic, tonic and as a stimulant. Nonetheless, most people will
associate it with its insecticide properties. Many commercial repellents
contain Citronella Java, and it is often used in combination with Cedarwood to
produce a pleasant smelling natural insect repellent. It will also be seen in
soaps and candles, and it has common applications in massage. This oil can also
help with minor infection, but is more commonly known for its ability to assist
in combating colds and flu. Citronella can also be used for excessive
perspiration and for conditioning oily skin and hair.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Citronella Java
blends well with most oils, but specifically well with Bergamot, Bitter Orange,
Cedarwood, Geranium, Lemon, Orange, Lavender and Pine.
Aromatic Scent: Citronella Java has a
well rounded lemon citrus scent, though it is much softer than actual Lemon. It
also has subtle wood tones.
History: Citronella Java essential
oil was one of the worlds dominant insect repellents before the introduction of
DDT. Recent history has indicated that Citronella is once again becoming the
product of choice for health concious customers.
Cautions: Citronella may irritate
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