Popularized for its usefulness as a repellent against mosquitoes and other bothersome bugs, citronella essential oil is useful for a number of applications. Extracted from tall grass native to Java and Sri Lanka, it has a lightly sweet citrus aroma. Ensure you purchase citronella essential oil rather than something labeled as citronella oil. The latter usually has a paraffin or mineral oil base and is typically meant for use as an outdoor insect repellent.
Use in the bath or shower for absorption and aromatherapy benefits. Diffuse for aromatherapy benefits and as an insect repellent. Massage the diluted oil or use with compress in case of muscle pain and stiffness.
Spray for insect repellent on body, clothing and other items.
Citronella essential oil may cause sensitization and irritate mucus membranes. Those with estrogen-dependent cancer should avoid citronella essential oil. Because it can stimulate menstrual flow, pregnant women should avoid citronella essential oil. Not safe for children under 6.