Many of us are aware of the insect repelling potential of citronella. However, this impressive essential oil also offers a number of other potential benefits.
Citronella oil is derived from the grass plant, Cymbopogon nardus. This plant is native to Asia and produces a highly fragrant oil. Pure citronella oil has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is a common ingredient in household and perfume products. As we touched on above, citronella is a primary ingredient in commercial and homemade insect repellents, particularly those targeting mosquitos.
Use a few drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Apply one to two drops to the desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize skin sensitivity.
Dilution is recommended as there are possible skin sensitivity issues. You should avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas.
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Natural Insect Repellent
The primary use of Citronella is as a natural insect repellent. It provides a gentle repellent, particularly against mosquitos. Apply Citronella oil to the skin every 30 to 60 minutes when you’re out in nature. You can also combine it with a carrier to spread it over your skin like a lotion. For insect repellent purposes in the home, diffuse Citronella oil.
Ease Painful Muscles
Citronella has antioxidant properties that can decrease inflammation and ease muscle pain. Whether you feel the ache of tired muscles after a long day or you’ve completed a strenuous workout, you can ease the pain. Add a few drops to a carrier oil and massage it into your muscles or add a couple of drops to a warm bath and soak away your aches.
Lifts Your Mood
Citronella has a pleasant citrus scent that can encourage feelings of relaxation. This can provide a natural stress reliever to lift your mood.
Diffuse the oil or put a couple of drops on a cotton ball and place it near your pillow to help you drift off to sleep.
Treat Mild Acne
Citronella can also kill off the spot-causing bacteria on your skin to treat mild acne and breakouts. Dilute it 50:50 with a carrier oil and dab on any blemishes using a sterile cotton swab up to three times a day.