An Insect Repellant
Since historical times the Citronella essential oil is considered to be a natural insect repellent. It wards off bugs and flying insects like mosquitoes. The ingredients of this oil make it ideal to be utilized as an organic, plant-based insect repellent. It is proven to be safe for the skin and causes no side-effects on inhalation unlike the present insect repellents available in the market.
This oil is stated to have higher efficacy and low-toxic components. Apart from this, the oil is also known to keep live-stock and pests safe from tick infestation.
Citronella oil is an essential oil that’s made from the distillation of the Asian grass plant in the Cymbopogon genus. This fragrant grass got its name from the French word meaning “lemon balm,” due to its floral, citrus-like aroma.
Like many essential oils, citronella oil has certain benefits, and has been used in China and Indonesia for centuries to treat rashes, infections, and other health conditions.
For centuries, citronella has been used for a variety of purposes, including:
- as an insect repellent
- as an antifungal agent
- to treat parasitic infections
- to promote wound healing
- to lift mood or fight fatigue
- in perfumes or as a flavor additive in food