HIGH ALTITUDE NATURALS TM Citronella (Java) Essential Oil is steam distilled form the Cymbopogon winterianus plant, withiut the use of any chemicals. The main components are: citronellol, citronellal, geraniol, limonene, and methyl isoeugenol. Citronella is a grass that mainly grows in some Asian countries and some islands of the South Pacific. It has a rich, crisp lemony aroma and thus bears the name citronella.
The health benefits of citronella essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, deodorant, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, insect repellent, stomachic, stimulant, tonic, and vermifuge substance.
Java variety is considered to be higher quality than others. This oil has varied medicinal and cosmetic uses. It is great for relieving acne, normalizing oily skin, killing bacteria, and inhibit any further bacterial growth in the body. This is particularly helpful in treating infections in wounds. Citronella oil fights depression and gives relief from anxiety, sadness, and negative feelings. It induces a fresh, happy feeling and hope. It's antiseptic properties help fight infections in wounds, relieves spasms of the muscles, and calmes nervous system. It relieves inflammation and removes toxins from the body.
The Citronella oil removes bad odor. The crisp, rich citrus or lemon-like aroma of citronella oil drives away body odor and is used in deodorants and body sprays, although in very small quantities, since in heavy doses it may create skin irritations. It can also be mixed with the bath water to have a refreshing bath.
This oil inhibits fungal growth.
Citronella oil makes a great insect Repellant. This is one of the most commonly used properties of citronella essential oil, as it kills and keeps away insects. It has been found particularly effective on a species of mosquito, called Aedes aegypti whose bite causes the dreaded yellow fever. This is also effective on lice, body and head louse, and fleas.
This oil has a stimulating effect on blood circulation, and makes a wonderful addition to a massage.
Word of Caution: There is no inherent toxicity in the essential oil, but it has been seen to produce irritation, dermatitis or sensitization in the skin if used in high concentrations. It should not be used on the skin of small children and should be avoided during pregnancy.
Blending: The essential oil of citronella forms fine blends with the essential oils of cedarwood, clary sage, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, and tea tree