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Used To Neutralize Common Flu Symptoms
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The therapeutic properties of Citronella essential oil make it ideal to combat the fatal yet annoying symptoms of the common Flu.

Used To Uplift The Mood Via Aromatherapy
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The oil’s anti-depressant properties make it ideal for use in aromatherapy.

Used To Provide Relief From Menstrual Pain
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Citronella essential oil can be an absolute boon to women to help relieve the aches and agony of their monthly cycle.

Used To Get Rid Of Worms
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If a visit to the doctor has shown that you have parasitic worms in your body, do not panic.

 Asians are known to be handy with their herbs as they are conversant with their medicinal properties. It is for this reason that you will find Asian foods richly garnished with a variety of curative herbs, including Basil, Coriander, Lemongrass, Mint, Dill, Sage, Thyme, and plenty more. Food is not the only carrier used for their consumption. The liquid concentrate can also be directly extracted from these herbs and used as an essential oil. Citronella essential oil belongs to this category. In this blog, you will explore the beneficial properties of its root herb and the different ways you can use this essential oil in your life.

What Is Citronella Essential Oil?

Citronella is essentially the concentrated liquid extracted from herbs that belong to the Cymbopogon plant species. As the name may indicate, this is a tropical plant more commonly found in parts of Asia, Australia, and even Africa. In fact, if you are reasonably familiar with Asian cuisine, you might have even savored it as a culinary herb in your favorite dishes. This is also known as “lemongrass”, which enhances the tangy flavor of Thai curries, stir-fry, noodle soups, vegetable rice, and more. Depending on the source of the herb, the grass can also be used for medicinal purposes. Here, the more common pharmaceutical varieties include Citronella grass, East Indian Lemongrass (also known as Malabar grass and is native to India, Cambodia, and Thailand), and West Indian Lemongrass (which is native to South-East Asia).

Types Of Citronella Essential Oil

The Citronella essential oil is extracted from two different concentrations of Citronella in the root herb. Accordingly, it can be classified as either a Ceylon Type
or a Java Type.

The Ceylon type gets its name from its home country of Sri Lanka (earlier known as Ceylon). This oil concentrate comprises a mix of several remedial components, including Geraniol (also found in Rose oil), Limonene (commonly found in citrus peels) and Methyl Isoeugenol (an ether found in essential oils). However, our focus would be on the Citronella component, which can form up to 23% of the oil concentrate.

The Java type, surprisingly also native to Sri Lanka, contains Geranyl acetate in addition to Geraniol and Limonene. It also has a higher concentrate of Citronella (up to 35%) and is hence considered being of higher quality. The acetate also gives it a floral fragrance, making it ideal for use in exclusive perfumes.

Regardless of the type, the Citronella essential oil is extracted from the root Cymbopogon herb using a steam distillation process.

Types Of Citronella Essential Oil

Before we delve into the potential uses of Citronella essential oil, you should know of the wide range of healing properties of its root remedial herb. By nature, the Citronella extract is thus:

  • Anthelmintic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-bacteria
  • Anti-depressant
  • Anti-septic
  • Anti-spasmodic
  • Diuretic
  • Diaphoretic
  • Deodorizer  
  • Fungicidal 
  • Insect repellent
  • Tonic (including stomachic, to improve digestion)

Now, even if you do not understand the deeper benefits, you will definitely comprehend the large remedial value of this healing herb.

Used To Neutralize Common Flu Symptoms

flu symptoms

The therapeutic properties of Citronella essential oil make it ideal to combat the fatal yet annoying symptoms of the common Flu. For this, the concentrated oil needs to be diluted with a base oil (like baby oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.) and applied on the body (around the nose, chest region, throat region). It can also be inhaled using an aromatic diffuser. This usage will help to lower the symptoms of a headache, fever, and cold.

Used To Uplift The Mood Via Aromatherapy

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The oil’s anti-depressant properties make it ideal for use in aromatherapy. In fact, if you have an anxious child or pet, you can try this magical cure. Pour 3-4 drops of Citronella essential oil onto a diffuser and let it permeate into the surrounding air. Within a matter of mere minutes, you will see a change in the mood for the better! The child will slowly settle down, and the pet will gradually become calmer. (This alternative cure is meant for long-term use and is not meant to settle a child or pet whose anxiety is triggered by hunger or pain.)

Used To Provide Relief From Menstrual Pain

woman having Menstrual Pain

Citronella essential oil can be an absolute boon to women to help relieve the aches and agony of their monthly cycle. For this, be prepared to use this oil at least a couple of days before you expect your cycle to start. Begin by applying the oil to your abdomen, and then gently massaging the area for five to ten minutes. We suggest that in each application, you mix 3-4 few drops of this oil with a carrier oil (like olive oil or coconut oil), as this will help evenly spread the concentrated extract. For best results, continue this application daily until the cycle is complete.

Used To Get Rid Of Worms

Get Rid Of Worms

If a visit to the doctor has shown that you have parasitic worms in your body, do not panic. You can easily address this problem by a (prescribed) de-worming medication. Alternatively, you can try out this natural and safe therapy, using Citronella essential oil! For this, massage 2-3 drops of the oil extract (mixed with a carrier oil) all over your abdomen area just before you sleep at night. This will quickly eliminate all intestinal worms. You can continue this process safely every day until your doctor confirms your parasite-free state.

What Are The Main Benefits Of Citronella Essential Oil?

In this blog, we have given you a mere glimpse of the large uses of Citronella essential oil. However, you do not have to wait until you are down with a medical condition to use this healing oil. This liquid concentrate is perfectly safe for regular use and comes with the following additional benefits.

 

Improves Body’s Immunity And Strength

As we already covered, the oil provides a natural way to detoxify your body of harmful intestinal parasites. Its anti-bacterial, antiseptic, and anti-fungal properties also ensure that it constantly fights infection and disease-causing organisms in your body, thus strengthening your body’s overall immunity. It is for this reason, the oil is also used to treat (open) wounds. (However, ensure that you first dilute it with a carrier oil.)

 

Its Citrus Fragrance Works As A Deodorizer And Additionally Drives Insects Away

In fact, if you use a deodorizer with a lemony scent, chances are that it already contains Citronella essential oil in a heavily diluted portion. (The oil can be abrasive on sensitive skin and is used in tiny portions.) Its pungent scent can also be useful to drive away insects, head lice, and fleas.

 

Powerful Detox Agent

Citronella essential oil has two important properties, which are both helpful to cleanse the body of toxins. It is naturally diaphoretic; with regular use, we automatically sweat more and thus eliminate more toxins from the body (like excess salts, water, fat, etc.). Its diuretic properties also help to eliminate toxins by simulating frequent urination. In fact, these combined properties can quickly relieve us of fevers and colds.

 

Improves Overall Digestion

With regular use, Citronella essential oil can do a lot for our entire digestive system. First, it is quick to kill parasites in our intestine, thus dramatically improving intestinal health. It can also protect our stomach from internal infections, with its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. The oil is a natural stimulant and improves the blood circulation in our body. The oil’s most important quality as a digestive aid comes from its stomachic properties, which help to regulate the appetite and improve the body’s metabolism.

 

A Word Of Caution

As with all natural therapies, it is important to understand what you can and cannot do when using essential oils.

  • No oral consumption
    Citronella essential oil is not to be orally consumed (unless directed by a doctor). Oral consumption can be fatal to infants and young children.
  • Needs to be diluted
    It can be safely used externally on the skin. However, it is highly concentrated and hence needs to be diluted through a carrier oil.
  • Use the standard patch test
    We also recommend the standard patch test to check for potential allergies before regular use. For this, apply 1-2 drops of this oil mixed with a carrier oil on the outer region of your elbow. If no adverse reaction occurs within 24 hours of usage, the oil is safe for frequent use.

Conclusion

As this blog has captured, regular usage of Citronella essential oil can provide several tangible benefits to our overall health. This includes an improved metabolism, stronger digestion, enhanced immunity, toned muscles, a body free from parasites and other harmful organisms, and a mind that is effortlessly elevated after a stressful day. It can also be used to improve the air around you and keep insects at bay. However, it is not meant to replace any prescribed medication. If you suffer from a health issue, it is best to check with your doctor on how this healing ingredient can additionally support your health.

 

 

 

 

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