BOTANICAL NAME: cymbopogon nardus
ORIGIN: South Africa (organic), Indonesia (non-organic)
DISTILLATION METHOD: steam
PARTS USED: grass
FOOD GRADE: yes
GMO CONTENT: none
FRAGRANCE: fresh, grassy, lemon-like, woodsy
BLENDS WELL WITH: amyris, basil, bergamot, cedarwood, galbanum, geranium, lemon, lemongrass, lime, orange, pine.
PHYSICAL & AROMATIC BENEFITS: refreshing, soothing, stimulating, vitalizing, antiseptic, arthritis, colds, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, influenza, insect repellent, moth repellent, oily skin, rheumatism.
MAGICAL USES: exorcism (exterior use), health (maintain), purification, unhexing.
GCMS Information for Organic:
Citronella is a grass that grows mainly in Asian countries and islands of the Asian Pacific. The Essential Oil of Citronella is extracted from two varieties of citronella. The first one is the Ceylon variety, whose scientific name is Cymbopogon Nardus and the second one is Java variety, called Cymbopogon Winterianus.
Antibacterial: kills or inhibits bacteria.
Antidepressant: an agent that prevents or counteracts depression.
Anti-inflammatory: an agent that prevents or counteracts inflammation.
Antioxidant: Any substance that acts to slow or prevent the oxidation of another chemical.
Antiseptic: a substance that inhibits the growth and reproduction of microorganisms.
Antispasmodic: referring to something that suppresses spasms.
Deodorant: Any agent acting to eliminate, reduce, mask, or control odor.
Diuretic: increases the amount or frequency of urination.
Emmenagogue: stimulates blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus, causing menstruation.
Febrifuge: reduces fever.
Fungicidal: having the ability to control or destroy fungus.
Stomachic: related to the stomach; beneficial to the stomach or digestion.
Tonic: restorative and curative; intended to invigorate.
Vermifuge: something that acts as a drug to cause expulsion or death of intestinal worms.
Other Benefits: can be used for oily skin, oily hair, abnormal palpitations, colitis, migraine, neuralgia, fatigue, headache, nausea, and abdominal pain resulting from gas or cramps.
Safety Warning: Avoid during pregnancy. Never ingest essential oils without a prescription. Use carrier oil when applying to skin.