Citronella Oil – People and Pets

Citronella oil is extracted from fresh or partially dried leaves of citronella grass,  Cymbopogan Nardus and Cymbopogan Winterianus .  Citronella grass is native to India and tropical Asia.   It’s a tall perennial green grass with red base stems.  Oil is extracted, by steam distillation, producing Ceylon or Java type oil.  This oil is pale yellow in color with a thin consistency.  It is a strong, sweet, lemon citrus fragrance with some underlying woody tones.  The oil is used widely in commercial and homemade products including:  soaps, shampoos, candles, deodorants, lotions, gels, perfumes, insect sprays, towelette wipes and household disinfectants. 

PROPERTIES

Antibacterial

Antiseptic

Antifungal

Analgesic

Deodorant

Insecticide

BENEFITS

Repel Insects;  Biting Mosquitoes, Gnats, Fleas and Flies

Helps Relieve Headaches or Migraines

Sanitize Surfaces with Addition of Vinegar

Combat Growth of Bacteria and Disinfect Surfaces

Eliminate Odors in the Air

Combats Excessive Perspiration; under arms or sweaty feet

Combats Oily Skin & Hair

Freshens Rooms

Helps Clear the Mind

Softens Skin

Rids Dogs of Fleas

Citronella oil is used a variety of ways for homemade skin care.   A homemade soap or homemade lotion, made with citronella oil, can be beneficial when working outside, or on a camping trip when surrounded by woody areas.  It repels biting, flying, pesky insects while softening skin.  It’s  useful for fighting mosquitoes that can cause malaria.  A homemade deodorant can fight off excessive perspiration.  Feel refreshed again. Use this oil in a homemade shampoo for oily hair.   It balances and conditions oily hair and scalp conditions.

PETS

Citronella is found in soaps, sprays and massage oils for pets.  It helps rid dogs of fleas.  Keep your pet clean and free from pesky biting insects.  Just make sure the citronella soap, spray or massage oil does not irritate your pet’s skin or cause any reactions.  The application will last a few days to a week….

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