Citronella Essential Oil

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This essential oil is obtained from Sri Lanka citronella, a species of grass that is native to Sri Lanka and Java. Like its cousin, Java citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus), the plant contains citronellol and geraniol, although in less concentration. Citronella essential oil has a lemony aroma and is used in perfumery and as a natural insect repellent.

Bulk Citronella Essential Oil ~ Monterey Bay Herb Co

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information at a glance

originsri lanka
extraction methodsteam distillation
edibleNot recommended for internal use.
safetyMay cause skin irritation. Avoid during pregnancy.
flash point135°F / 57°C
fragrance note classification top

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaClear to pale yellow with a fresh, grassy, lemon-like scent.


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aromatherapyMay be diffused or vaporized.
cosmetics / personal careCitronella essential oil is an ingredient in soaps, lotions and deodorants.
massage / bath / spaThe oil is used in soapmaking. May also be added to bath oils.
perfumeryCombine with other oils to produce perfume. It may also be used to make incense blends.
wellnessThe fresh scent is said to be invigorating to those recovering from illness.
craftsAdd to potpourri and to other floral crafts when scent is desired.
industrialCitronella essential oil is used in the cosmetic and fragrance industries.
householdMay be used diluted as a spray to deter fleas from pets. (Consult your veterinarian for animals under 10 pounds.) This oil may also be used to make natural cleaning products.

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aromatic profile & blending companions

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Fresh, grass-like with a lemony aroma. Blends well with bergamot, cedarwood, cypress, fir needle, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, pine and sweet orange.

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what else you should know

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Native to Sri Lanka, this lemon-scented grass is a close relative of lemongrass and palmarosa. The oil contains several active compounds, including borneol, citral, geraniol, limonene and citronella. The latter is best known as an insect repellent and contributes to the oil’s sweet, lemony aroma.

Although citronella essential oil is generally considered non-toxic, it may cause contact dermatitis in people with sensitive or allergy-prone skin.

For more information on how to use essential oils please read our article: Aromatherapy Basics for Using Pure Essential Oils

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.