Citronella Essential Oil (Java)
Botanical Name: Cymbopogon Winterianus
Composition of Oil: Limonene, Geraniol, Citronellol, Citronellal, Geranyl Acetate, Citronellal
Plant Part: Stem and Grass
Scent: Pungent, lemony, and slightly peppery
Color: Light to dark yellow
Perfumery Note: Middle
Initial Aroma Strength: Medium
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Historical Background of Citronella Essential Oil (Java)
Citronella Essential Oil (Java) is an oil extracted from Cymbopogon Winterianus, a species of the genus “Cymbopogon,” aka Lemongrass. There are over 50 species of Cymbopogon, and almost all of them contain essential oil to extract but most commonly available among them are Citronella Ceylon and Java essential oil. Cymbopogon Winterianus is grown in Asian regions like Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Nepal, and various African regions. Our Java Citronella essential oil is the extract of Cymbopogon Winterianus native to Indonesia, which is considered more versatile and therapeutic than other species. The stem and grass blades have to go through a steam distillation process to obtain light to dark yellow color with a fresh pungent lemony aromatic essential oil.
Ancient Uses of Citronella Essential Oil (Java)
Uses of Citronella Java essential oil can be traced back to ancient Greece and Rome. Like Citronella Ceylon essential oil, Citronella Java essential oil was also used as an insect and mosquito repellent. The main grass (Cymbopogon Winterianus) that Java Citronella oil is derived from was also grown around houses to keep different types of insects away from houses. Along with it, Citronella Java oil helped people heal wounds and other infections. Ancient people also made use of this oil for relieving stress and anxiety.
Modern Uses of Citronella Essential Oil (Java)
In the present modern era, people use Citronella Java essential oil for almost the same purpose as ancient people used this oil for. The latest scientific research has proved that this essential oil has the benefits mentioned above. From its addition as a flavor additive in soaps to perfumes, shampoos, body lotions, etc., this oil is widely used by many cosmetics companies today. Research also indicates that this oil has one special property that has chemical components that are very useful for cleansing surfaces and cleansing of the skin. Aromatherapists recommend the diffusion of this oil to get rid of stress, depression, anxiety, and mental and physical tiredness.
Chemical constituents found in Citronella Java essential oil include:
- Limonene: Limonene is the main constituent that makes Java Citronella oil a good flavoring additive.
- Geraniol: Geraniol is the main component that makes Java Citronella essential oil a good insect/mosquito repellent.
- Citronellol: This oil’s repellent properties are obtained from the presence of Citronellol.
- Citronellal: The fresh, distinctive lemony aroma of this oil is obtained by the presence of Citronellal.
- Geranyl acetate: Geranyl acetate works as a strong aromatic chemical in perfumes and other cosmetic products.
Best Blending Partners for Citronella Essential Oil (Java)
Java Citronella essential oil can be useful if you blend it with other essential oils like Lemongrass, Lemon, Geranium, Cedarwood, Bergamot, Orange, and Lavender.
Effective Bug/Mosquito Repellent Spray Blend
- Java Citronella essential oil: 10 Drops
- Lavender essential oil: 6 Drops
- Cedarwood essential oil: 4 Drops
- Lemon essential oil: 8 Drops
- Water: Half a glass
Mix all these oils well in the water and store it into a dark glass container. Use a spray bottle when you want to use it as a bug/mosquito repellent in the places around you.
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Caution: Beware of excessive use as it may lead to nausea and headaches. For topical use, always dilute the oil with a carrier oil. We do not suggest the internal use of any essential oils. Keep it out of children’s reach. It is not recommended for a pregnant woman without a proper prescription by a specialist.