Citronella is grown in Asia as a tall grass with a fresh aroma. It is soothing for the skin, uplifting and as most people know it is great for repelling insects.

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Science of Citronella

This essential oils is primarily made up of three chemical companents;  citronellal, geraniol, and citronellol. Citronellol is also found in Rose and Geranium both of these oils are also great for the skin and geranium is another oil great for repelling insects.

You can learn more about the science behind citronella and its components on pubmed.gov or check out some articles below.

Effectiveness of citronella preparations in preventing mosquito bites

Effects of Inhaled Citronella Oil and Related Compounds on Rat Body Weight and Brown Adipose Tissue Sympathetic Nerve

Therapeutic potential of Citronella Essential Oil

 

Ways to use Citronella

1. Here are some ways you can use citronella essential oil:

2. Add 1-2 drops to your face wash for gentle clarifying of the skin

3. Add to shampoo for clean healthy hair protection

4. Helps to control appetite when diffused

5. Helps sustain normal levels of cholesterol

6. Supportive of normal healthy liver function

7. Helps support balanced mood though influencing the modulation of GABA

8. Add to your favourite topical pet products for ongoing pest protection

9. relaxing and calming to central nervous system

10. helps maintain bodys normal, healthy state

11. Diffuse to ward off insects, especially mosquitoes.

12. Apply to skin with Fractionated Coconut Oil for use as a topical insect repellent. 

13. It is great for cleaning the kitchen or bathroom

 

Citronella Recipes

This recipe from diynatural.com is a great way to naturally repel insects.

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These candles from purelykatie.com are absolutely gorgeous!

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livingwellmom.com has a great recipe for a spray on bug repellent. Easy to make and will help to keep the mosquitoes at bay!

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