Citronella Essential Oil (Ceylon)
Botanical Name: Cymbopogon Nardus
Origin: Sri Lanka
Composition of Oil: Geraniol, Camphene, Limonene, Methyl isoeugenol, Geranyl acetate, Borneol, Citronellal, Citronellol
Plant Part: Leaves
Scent: Warm, woody, and fresh citrusy lemony
Color: Light pale yellow to yellowish-brown
Perfumery Note: Middle
Initial Aroma Strength: Medium
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Historical Background of Citronella Essential Oil (Ceylon)
Citronella Essential Oil (Ceylon) is obtained from species of the family “Lemongrass,” which is known as Cymbopogon botanically. Although Lemongrass and Cymbopogon Nardus belong to the same family, Cymbopogon Nardus is a special type of lemongrass. The stem and herb of Cymbopogon Nardus are steam distilled. As a result, a yellowish-brown colored essential oil is extracted with a fresh, bright, woody, warm, and citrus lemony aroma.
For centuries, Indonesia and China have been the main producers of Cymbopogon Nardus, but now, Sri Lanka, Brazil, India, Madagascar, Jamaica, and South Africa are also part of the list. VINEVIDA Citronella Ceylon essential oil is obtained from Sri Lankan Cymbopogon Nardus, which primarily is considered the best variety among others!
Ancient Uses of Citronella Essential Oil (Ceylon)
There is a long list of Citronella Ceylon essential oil uses, and it would be impossible to cover them all in this short description. In ancient times, when there were no solutions for repelling mosquitoes, our ancestors used this oil to keep these bloodsuckers away! Moreover, Citronella Ceylon essential oil was also used to repel other insects such as head and body lice, flies, and other flying insects. Citronella Ceylon essential oil was also prescribed by medical specialists to reduce muscle swelling, increase a sense of calmness and relaxation, heal wounds, relieve headaches, etc.
Modern Uses of Citronella Essential Oil (Ceylon)
In modern time, many cosmetic companies are frequently making use of Citronella Ceylon essential oil. In many products like soaps, shampoos, perfumes, body and face lotions, face clay masks, and beauty creams, you'll find this oil's name on the label! As Citronella Ceylon was essentially considered an insect repellent in the ancient times, scientists intended to prove the fact. The positive and satisfactory research results led many companies to make use of this oil in mosquito and insect repellent lotions. Scientists also found that Citronella Ceylon essential oil has a chemical composition of Geranyl, Citronellal, and Geraniol, making it very useful.
- Geranyl: Geranyl is responsible for Citronella Ceylon oil's sweet fruity, and fresh citrus fragrance.
- Citronellal: Citronellal makes this oil a good mosquito and insect repellent.
- Geraniol: Geraniol helps calm and relax the body and heal wounds, fighting infection, and reducing headache.
Although Citronella Ceylon essential oil can be applied to the skin for a calming and soothing effect but don't forget to dilute it first with some career oil like sweet almond or coconut oil. The diffusion of this oil using a vapor or electrical diffuser has also become a recent trend and a recommendation by aromatherapists for some health benefits.
Best Blending Partners for Citronella Essential Oil (Ceylon)
Fresh, soothing, and uplifting Citronella Ceylon essential oil is more useful when it blends with other essential oils such as Eucalyptus, Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Bergamot, Lemon, Peppermint, Lavender, Geranium, Sandalwood, Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Pine.
Best Bug or Insect Repellent Blend
- Citronella essential oil: 10 Drops
- Lavender essential oil: 10 Drops
- Eucalyptus essential oil: 10 Drops
- Water: Half cup
Mix all these oils with half a glass of water and store it into a spray bottle. Spray it wherever you want to repel insects and mosquitos from!
Disclaimer: These statements (and all statements herein) have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Essential Oils sold by VINEVIDA are to be used for cosmetic purposes only. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate, cure, or prevent a disease or ailment. Research citations are added merely to support the claims to a certain extent. VINEVIDA makes no representation to the comprehensiveness or accuracy of the published information. Read our DISCLAIMER for further details.
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.