Citronella is most known for its insect repelling potential. The herb can be planted in the yard to help keep the mosquitoes away, or the essential oil is used in sprays, candles and oils to repel bugs.
Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus) is often confused with Pelargonium citrosum or Citrosa geranium, also called the mosquito plant.
Research articles were found mostly on the insect repelling actions of citronella, and especially against certain mosquito species. The plants extracts and essential oils have also demonstrated antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal activities, and maybe effective against bacteria that contribute to acne of the skin. More research is needed. Click the button below for a detailed review of research.
Latin Name: Cymbopogon nardus
This is an Asian tropical perennial grass.
The whole plant can repel insects, or it can be made into an oil.
Dried grass is steam distilled, forming a dark yellow oil with a woody, lemony, herbaceous aroma.