Want to know about an essential oil which can be used as an insect repellent, aromatic oil and can also be extensively used in salad and dressings? Yes, you heard that right. We are talking about Citronella Oil.
The floral, citrus-like aromatic citronella essential oil has been creating huge waves in the aromatic and health industry.
Want to know more about this multi-talented essential oil? Keep on reading then.
What is Citronella Oil?
Citronella oil is an essential oil which is obtained through the process of steam distillation from stems and leaves of different species of Cymbopogon or popularly known as the lemongrass.
Famed for its sweet and citrusy like aroma, citronella is worldwide known as a natural insect repellent and also did you know the fact that citronella oil has been used in China and Indonesia for centuries to treat infections, allergic reactions, rashes and other health conditions?
Benefits of Citronella Oil
Citronella Oil benefits are varied and cater to a large range of causes. Be it warding off microbes from the system, improving the functions of different systems of the body or improving the overall immune system of the body, citronella oil can do it all.
Citronella oil is a versatile essential oil and offers multi-faceted benefits to all. It has been already acclaimed as a bug repellent worldwide but also due to being abundant in nutritional elements like Vitamin A, C, D, B6, B12, sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium, citronella oil provides a holistic therapeutic and curative properties for our problems.
Citronella oil provides anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic, anti-depressant, antimicrobial, hypotensive and sedative properties for our health. It can be used in food and drinks and also due to its fresh and lemony aroma, it also has made a place for itself in the perfumery industry. Yes, talk about all goodness rolled into one.
Some of the most popular benefits are listed down below
- Insect Repellent:
According to a study conducted in 2016, it was observed that citronella oil proved to be potent against mosquito, fleas and lice.
Insects and bugs are the root cause of many problems. They are not only carriers of some deadly microorganisms but they also create a host of diseases for us ranging from food poisoning to lethal infectious diseases like yellow fever and so on.
Citronella oil due to its antimicrobial properties help us to fight against a range of microbes which can be dangerous for our health.
If you combine citronella oil with vanillin, it can provide mosquito protection for up to 3 hours, however, the mixture needs to be reapplied often to provide full coverage against the bites.
- Antifungal agent:
Most of the benefits of citronella oil have been based upon scientific studies and citronella oil being an effective antifungal agent is no exception.
It was discovered that citronella oil can weaken and destroy certain types of fungi like as for the study if was used upon Aspergillus Niger. It is the causative agent for lung and sinus infection.
It was observed that citronella oil weakened the wall of the microbe and which killed it ultimately without much damage to the surrounding cells. Thus it was concluded that citronella due to its abundant antifungal properties acted as a safe and environment-friendly fungicide.
- Anti-inflammatory agent:
Due to extensive anti-inflammatory, analgesic and sedative properties present in citronella oil, this essential oil can be massaged on the body to ameliorate pain and inflammation caused due to arthritis and joint pain.
It acts as a natural vasodilator and warms up the muscles which are suffering from inflammation caused due to spasms, menstrual cramps, soreness and neuralgia.
Citronella oil can be extremely beneficial for diabetes patients as it can speed up the healing process for its abundant anti-inflammatory properties.
- Digestion and Weight Loss:
Citronella oil has been able to effectively cure digestive disorders, soothe down stomach lining and also restore the balance that might have been hampered due to inflammation.
Need an essential oil which can not only aid digestion but also helps in weight loss? Then my friend, citronella oil is your answer.
Inhaling citronella oil before consuming meals has effectively decreased consumption levels, lowered cholesterol and thus slowed down weight gain in the long run.
Citronella oil is abundant in analgesic properties and therefore extensively used in aromatherapy. It regulates the stress hormone serotonin and plays a significant role in mental stability. Citronella oil not only improves your overall mood but also alleviates various symptoms of anxiety including restlessness and uneasiness and provides a fresh and happy feeling.
- Provider of healthy skin:
Citronella is potent against boils, pimples, warts and acne. It slows down the ageing process and helps you to get a skin which looks fresh, radiant, glowing and rejuvenated.
How to use Citronella Oil?
- Use citronella oil as a sprayer to repel the insects off.
Mix 10 to 15 drops of citronella oil per ounce of water in a glass bottle. Also, do not forget to add a soluble to the mixture as citronella oil does not mix well with water. Shake well and your insect repellent is ready.
- Use citronella oil to a diffuser and use it in your aromatherapy and yoga sessions to relax and calm your mind and soul.
- You can also use citronella oil as a massage oil. Mix 6 to 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil like coconut or jojoba and apply it directly to your affected areas.
- You can also include citronella oil in your moisturizing regime but mixing a few drops of the essential oil to your choice of moisture and use it all over your body.
Citronella oil is considered anaphylaxis, however, severe allergic symptoms like rashes, swelling and reddening of areas have been noticed in some sensitive people. Always do a patch test before application of the oil and if encountered any of the above situations, immediately consult a doctor.
Buy citronella oil from a trusted source and if possible smell test it before buying. Do not consume or apply it directly on your skin as it is concentrated extract from a plant and when using it during aromatherapy, use it in a well-ventilated area.
Citronella oil has already made its place in the aromatic and health industry. Time has come to include this aromatic oil in our cabinet and reap all the benefits out of it.