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Citronella Essential Oil

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Dive into the multifaceted world of Citronella essential oil with Edens Garden. While you might associate Citronella primarily with keeping pesky bugs at bay during your camping trips, this oil offers so much more when it comes to aromatherapy benefits.

Commonly found in soaps, detergents, and cleaning products, Citronella is a household name for a good reason. But did you know that this oil also boasts an incredibly calming aroma? Imagine the soothing scent of Citronella filling your space, creating an ambiance of tranquility that you'll love coming home to.

Sourced from the vibrant island of Java in Indonesia, Citronella essential oil originates from a perennial and aromatic grass native to Sri Lanka and cultivated across many tropical regions. The extraction process involves steam distillation, resulting in an oil that serves as the starting material for isolating natural compounds like geraniol and citronellal.

So, how can you integrate Citronella essential oil into your daily routine? It's easy! Add a few drops to your diffuser for a serene atmosphere, use it in your DIY soap recipes for a refreshing twist, or mix it with a carrier oil for a soothing massage. Remember to perform a patch test before topical use. Once you've experienced the calming effects of Citronella essential oil, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it!


Botanical Name: Cymbopogon winterianus

Origin: Indonesia

Method: Steam Distilled

Plant Part: Grass

Note: Top - Middle

Family: Poaceae

Synonym: Citronella Java

Blends Well With: Eucalyptus, Lavender, and other camphoraceous and floral aromas

Aroma: Citrusy, sweet, green, and herbaceous

Consistency: Thin

Color: Clear

Safety & Shelf life

Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.

OK For Kids: 2+

Kids Max Dilution: 1%

Adult Max Dilution: 18.2%

Shelf Life: 2-3 Years

Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Citronella essential oil good for?
  • Citronella has the Latin binomial, Cymbopogon winterianus. Most of us know it for its ability to keep mosquitos and other biting insects away but it has many other beneficial properties that can ameliorate a range of issues. It aroma is uplifting giving both a mood boost and energy boost while also offering relaxation. It is a potent pain reliever and antiinflammatory and is recommended for topical treatment to alleviate muscle spasms and joint tension and even headaches. Against microbes bacteria and viruses it is great in cleaning products, especially with germs found in humid environments. It is antioxidant, astringent and also has sedative actions.
Does Citronella essential oil repel mosquitos?
  • Citronella has been studied extensively for its ability to repel mosquitos and other biting insects. It is able to detract the bugs by interfering with the bugs olfactory sensors which masks the CO2 and lactic acid emissions we give off that they so desperately search for. Using natural products, you may have to spray yourself more often as you would with a drugstore blend of Off but it works just as well and avoids the use of any toxic substances entering your body through dermal application.
How to use Citronella essential oil?
  • There are several ways to effectively use Citronella essential oil and obtain its benefits, including 1.) Add 10 drops to your essential oil diffuser per 100 ml of water. 2.) Add 10 drops to an Essential Oil Inhaler and take it with you for on-the-go therapeutic use. 3.) Create a spray by combining 20 drops Citronella and 1 tablespoon 190-proof grain alcohol in a glass spray bottle. After a few hours, add 3 tablespoons of distilled water. Spray onto surfaces and in the air to refresh your space.
How to make Citronella candles with essential oils?
  • Edens Garden essential oils can be used in candle making, but there are a few things you should know first. However, essential oils are notorious for not playing nicely with hot candle wax. Essential oils are flammable and we do not recommend adding them to a burning candle. However, we can guide you through the process of making your own DIY Citronella candles. If you would like to understand how to do it, read more on this blog post.
How to make bug repellent with Citronella essential oil?
  • It's quite simple to make yourself a DIY bug spray. Here are a few simple steps: 1.)In an amber 4 oz glass bottle, mix 36 drops of Citronella (or a combination of mosquito repelling essential oils) with 2 Tablespoons of high proof grain alcohol (such as Everclear). Let this mixture sit overnight. 2.) The following day, fill up the rest of the bottle with distilled water. 3.) Shake and use as needed. Store the bottle away from direct sunlight and out of the heat in a cool dark place to extend its shelf life.
Comments from GC/MS report:The analysis of this Citronella Oil batch sample meets the expected chemical profile for authentic essential oil of : Cymbopogon winterianus. No contamination or adulteration was detected. The results provided in this GCMS quality analysis reflect the chemical composition of the oil and lot referenced above on the date of analysis.

How to Use

Apply Topically: Our citronella essential oil is 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. Citronella blends well with other citrus essential oils, such as Lemon, Geranium and Eucalyptus. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.

Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite Citronella essential oil using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.

DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.

CHEER: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Citronella, 5 drops of Tangerine and 5 drops of Grapefruit. Or add Citronella to your Thera Lux Nebulizing Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.

CLOSET SPRAY: In a 12 ounce spray bottle add: 3 ounces of Lemongrass hydrosol, 3 ounces of Lavender hydrosol, 3 ounces of Peppermint hydrosol, 3 ounce of witch hazel, 55 drops of Citronella, 40 drops of Lemon Eucalyptus, 25 drops of Geranium and 20 drops of Cedarwood (Atlas). Shake well before each use to disperse essential oils in the water. Shelf life: 1 week

HAIR MASK: In a 2 ounce bottle add: 25 drops of Citronella, 15 drops of Tea Tree, 10 drops of Cedarwood (Atlas) and 10 drops of Lavender to 4 oz of Sesame. Massage into scalp and hair, cover with a shower cap or towel and leave on 6-8 hours. Shampoo hair well. Spritz the hair with 1 part apple cider vinegar 1 part water. Rinse and repeat daily for 5-7 days to help balance scalp problems.

TEEN SKIN: Add to an amber glass bottle: 2 drops of Citronella, 1 drop of Carrot Seed, 4 drops of Frankincense and 3 drops of Lavender (French) with 2 ounces of witch hazel and Polysorbate 20 (manufacturer's recommended amount). Shake well before each use; apply to problem skin as needed to prevent oily skin or redness. (0.8% dilution)

CLEANING SPRAY: Get rid of cleaning products with harmful chemicals and create your own natural cleaning agent with a pleasant scent. To an 8 ounce spray bottle add: 36 drops of Citronella, 40 drops of Peppermint and 22 drops of Tea Tree, then fill with 1/2 water and 1/2 grain alcohol. Shake well before each use to disperse the essential oils. Use to clean surface counters, floors, bathrooms, etc.

INSECT POTPOURRI: Place 2 cups of dried flowers or potpourri in a decorative bowl. Sprinkle: 10-15 drops of Citronella over the dried flowers. Place in any problem areas to discourage mosquitos and other pests.


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