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Citronella Essential Oil

Citronella Citronella Oil

Botanical Name

Cymbopogon nardus / Cymbopogon winterianus

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Grass

Color

Clear

Consistency

Thin

Perfumery Note

Top

Strength of Initial Aroma

Medium

Aromatic Description

Citrusy, slightly fruity, fresh, sweet.

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.]

Major Constituents

Citronellal
Geranoil
(-)-Citronellol
(-)-Limonene
(E)-Methyl isoeugenol
Champhene
Citronellyl acetate
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.

[R.O.B. Wijesekera, The Chemical Composition and Analysis of Citronella Oil. (J. Natl. Sci. Council (Sri Lanka) 1, 1973), 67-81. K. Bruns, E. Heinrich, I. Pagel. Citronellaol: Untersuchung von Handels- und Hybridolen Verschiedener Provinienz. (In: Kubeczka, Vorkommen und Analytic atherischer Ole, Band 2. Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart). J.T. Carlin, S. Kramer, C.T. Ho. Comparison of Commercial Citronella Oils from Various Origins. In: B.M. Lawrence, B.D. Mookerjee, B.J. Willis, Flavor and Frances: a World Perspective (Amsterdam: Elsevier Science, 1988), 495-504. B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1981-1987 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1989), 31. L. Zhu, Y. Li, B. Li, et al. Aromatic Plants and Essential Constituents. (South China Institute of Botany, HK, 1993). Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 251.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young indicate that there is a risk of drug interaction when using Citronella Oil. They recommend a deramal maximum of 18.2%. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 251.]

Shelf Life

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