Citronella Essential Oil (Sri Lanka) - 10 ml (100% Pure Concentrated)

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Name: Citronella, Cymbopobon nardus

Manufacturer: - Professional quality oils

Size: 10 ml

Concentration: 100% concentrated and pure

Alluring, surprising, fresh and uplifting, possessing effective, powerful and restorative holistic healing qualities.

About Citronella Essential Oil: Don't underestimate this appealing, lemony scented oil as merely a mossie repellent! Its qualities are surprisingly far-reaching; from lifting depression and easing your aches and pains, to reactivating and balancing your whole system and restoring your spirit.

Description of Aroma: Fresh, green, citrussy, slightly rosy and lemony, its slightly sweet fragrance is quite powerful and similar to lemongrass.

Ruling Planet: None.

Properties Beneficial To Mind, Emotions And Spirit: Citronella has a clearing, uplifting and stimulating effect on the mind, which may help you deal with depression and emotional fatigue. Try this oil when recovering from an illness, to help restore your spirit and the equilibrium of your whole body. 

Of Interest: Many oil-producing plants belong to the same family as citronella, including lemongrass, palmarosa and vetiver, and also wheat, rice, corn, barley and oats. The herb is added to flavour Chinese food.

Citronella came into vogue in the last century, and the first shipment of oil to Europe from Sri Lanka, where it was originally grown, was known as oleum siree. However, in 1890 it was found to be adulterated with kerosene to lower the cost, and Sri Lanka ceased to be the main exporter, being taken over by Java who produced a superior quality. 

For quite some time it has been added to candles as an insect repellent - probably its most well-known attribute. Used extensively in the soap and cosmetics industries, it is used to adulterate more expensive oils in order to make them go further. As well as soaps, skin and hair products for oily conditions, citronella is an additive in polishes, detergents and deodorizing products. 

Properties Beneficial To The Physical Body: A general tonic for the body, try citronella to ease headaches, migraines and neuralgia. It is also reputedly helpful for aches, pains and rheumatism. It has a balancing effect on the heart and nervous system, and possibly a similar effect on the digestive and reproductive systems, and may therefore be useful if you are convalescing, as its stimulating effects can invigorate and activate the whole system.

Citronella Oil Blending Suggestions: Citronella blends well with bergamot, cajeput, eucalyptus and geranium, and also lavender, neroli, peppermint, petitgrain, sage and ylang ylang.

Alternative Suggestions For Use: As mentioned previously, citronella is used widely for soap making, for deodorizing agents and insecticides - it can help get rid of animal fleas, and repel cats and other small animals, if applied regularly. A couple of drops on a cotton ball will deter moths and insects, and keep your clothes smelling fresh. It is ideal in a sick-room as a deodorizer. Citronella is believed to have skin softening properties when blended with neroli and bergamot oils. 

Essential Safety Precautions: According to Julia Lawless, citronella should be avoided during pregnancy, and it is also contra-indicated for estrogen-dependant cancers. Avoid using on sensitive or damaged skin, including eczema and psoriasis, as it can irritate.

Do not use essential oils undiluted or take internally without the guidance of a qualified practitioner. The information contained here is for general interest and is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment.

More About Our Own Brand Oils
We take great pride in the quality of our essential oil range.

Originally the Holisticshop range of essential oils went under the name of Windflowers. This company was founded by a qualified aromatherapist, selling high quality oils to shops and aromatherapists throughout UK and the world. In 2003 the opportunity came up for Holisticshop to buy Windflowers, which we did. This acquisition has meant that since this time Holisticshop customers have been able to buy high quality oils at the price professional aromatherapists would expect to pay.

Lower quality oils are available on the market but we continue to pick the best quality source for every oil. For example our lavender oil is "High Alpine" lavender from Mount Ventoux in the Pyrennes and the ylang ylang is the "complete" oil, not the ylang ylang II or III which come from a different stage in the distillation process. In the current climate essential oil prices on the open market have risen quite dramatically and some sellers are cutting quality. We have maintained quality, bought well and kept as competitive as always. 

We do not buy anonymous drums of essential oils on the open market and we do not redistill lower quality oils to remake a “scientifically” higher grade oil that does not smell great (this happens sometimes with ylang ylang). We know the country and the growers of all our oils. Please be assured by the care we take with making sure our oils are great quality. You will smell the difference.

* They are non-adulterated and are as produced at the still
* We specify the country of origin for each oil
* Each oil has been independently tested by French chemist
* Our essential oils are not blended unless we say specifically say so
* No middlemen - straight from soil to bottle

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  • 5
    Great for muscle pain

    Posted by Sujianto Karso, Indonesia on 25th Feb 2016

    Citronella essential oil is one of the ancestor heritage that's very good for recovery from muscular pain and also repellent from insects. But there are any differences between Cyclone and Java Type and each has superiority. If you want a other soft sensation please try the java type too. It distillate from Chimbopogon nardus. Bravo both citronella oil!!

  • 4
    Top to middle note

    Posted by Emma, Wrexham on 13th Jul 2011

    Citronella is a top to middle note, with a high, intense odour with a pungent, sweet and a lemony fragrance. It is often used in insect repellant products for outdoor use, such as candles, and mosquito or fly repellants. As well as its insect repelling properties it repels cats, however as a cat lover, I didn't plan on testing that for review - but ended up doing so with good affect. One of our cats went to the toilet where it shouldn't and I used a weak solution of citronella dissolved in water which did deter the offender! Citronella is rarely used as an ingredient in massage blends or other topical uses for therapeutic purposes, though it has been mentioned in connection with rheumatism, for excessive perspiration, oily skin, migraines, fatigue, headaches and neuralgia. It is more commonly used in a room burner, or for household disinfectants or an ingredient in soaps. It's properties include febrifuge, bactericide, deodrant, emmenagogue, diuretic, insecticide and fungicide. Citronella should be avoided during pregnancy and may irritate sensitive skin. It blends well with cedarwood, tea tree, eucalyptus, basil, rosemary, melissa, geranium, bergamot, orange and pine.