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Citronella Essential Oil

Citronella Oil
Citronella Oil

    

Botanical Name: Cymbopogon nardus

Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Part Typically Used: Grass

Color: Clear

Consistency: Thin

Perfumery Note: Top

Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium

Aromatic Description: Citrusy, slightly fruity, fresh, sweet.

Citronella
Citronella

Citronella Oil Uses: Excessive perspiration, fatigue, headache, insect repellant, oily skin. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 58-67.]

Constituents: Geraniol, citronellal. [B. Lawrence, "Citronella Oil," Perfumer & Flavorist, June/July 1985, 27, cited in Salvatore Battaglia, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (Australia: The Perfect Potion, 1997), 155]

Safety Information: Ctrionella Oil may cause ossible sensitization. [Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 205.]

Lawless says to avoid Citronella Oil during pregnancy. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 134.]

Important Note: The essential oil information provided within the Essential Oil Properties & Profiles area is intended for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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