All About Citronella
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.
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.
Citronella Herb and Essential Oil
Latin Name: Cymbopogon nardus
- Other common names: Ceylon citronella
- Similar species: Cymbopogon winterianus - Java citronella
- Not to be confused with lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) or the mosquito plant (Pelargonium citrosum or Citrosa geranium)
This is an Asian tropical perennial grass.
The whole plant can repel insects, or it can be made into an oil.
Essential Oil Description
Dried grass is steam distilled, forming a dark yellow oil with a woody, lemony, herbaceous aroma.
- Citronellal / Rhodinal
- d-Limonene / Limonene / Dipentene
- Methyl isoeugenol / methyleugenol
- Geranyl acetate