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5 Awesome Ways To Use Citronella Essential Oil

5 Awesome Ways To Use Citronella Essential Oil
December 23, 2015 1 comment

When you hear the word citronella, it is thought of as a bug repellent. Images of tiki torches and backyard barbecues are the first things that come to mind. Citronella is really so much more! Citronella is a type of grass that is found all over the South Pacific and in some parts of Asia. It has a rich lemony smell and is extracted using steam distillation. Citronella oil that comes from China and Indonesia is of the highest quality and purity. Here are some ideas for the oil, other than making candles:

  1. Kill Bacteria - Citronella oil contains antibacterial properties that make it work well to use on minor abrasions. Components found in the oil help to kill bacteria and inhibit any further bacterial growth.
  2. Depression or Anxiety - When used in a diffuser, the fresh scent can help ward off feelings of depression or anxiety. The lemony smell invokes thoughts of happiness and gives the mind and body a freshness to continue on happily throughout the day. This is one of my personal favorites to diffuse. It’s like the whole room fills with sunshine!
  3. Relax Muscles - If you are having inflammatory issues, especially in your digestive system, diluted citronella makes a wonderful massage oil. It relaxes the muscles and helps to keep contractions smaller and less painful.
  4. Natural Deodorizer - Citronella is often used in perfumes and room sprays since it is a natural deodorizer. The scent keeps everything smelling fresh, while its antibacterial properties kill off odor causing bacteria.
  5. Insect Repellent - And of course, we can’t miss talking about its use as an insect repellent. Bugs, particularly mosquitoes, absolutely hate this citrusy scent. It is most effective on the mosquito Aedes Aegypti, which is the mosquito that carries Yellow Fever. Not only will it repel the nasty critters, but it will also kill them. It’s also effective on lice as well!

During the summer, I love to use this in a room spray to make the house smell fresh and clean. It also works great in body scrubs, and don’t forget the candles! Use caution when using this oil topically. Be sure to dilute it properly and use small amounts because it can cause some skin irritations.

Posted in: Essential Oil Uses
Lisa February 17, 2016 at 5:37 AM
I didn't know Citronella had that many other uses. I do use it as bug repellent. One of the things I hate most is bug bites!

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