Grown mostly in certain Asian countries and South Pacific islands, citronella is a grass that has a crisp, lemony aroma. The oil is extracted by steam distillation of the plant and bears many health benefits attributed to its antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, deodorant, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, insect repellant, stomachic, stimulant, tonic, and vermifuge properties.
For most folks, citronella is best known for it’s great insect repellant quality. A summertime favorite to help keep the pesky mosquitoes at bay, but, actually, citronella does a lot more than combat insects.
Kills Bacteria & Infection
Citronella oil is antibacterial and can black further bacterial growth from forming in the body. It is very useful in treating infections in wounds, as well as in the colon, urethra, urinary bladder, stomach, intestines, urinary tracts, prostate, and kidneys.
Has the blues got you down? This oil both fights and relieves depression, anxiety, sadness, and negative feelings. It induces a fresh, hopeful, happy feeling.
Citronella oil can relax inflammation from situations which pertain to the liver, stomach, intestines, and other parts of the digestive system. It can also soothe side effects caused by drugs, excessive alcohol, narcotics, spicy foods, and any disease or toxic element.
Gets Rid of Body Odor
Citronella’s crisp, rich citrus/lemon-like aroma drives away nasty body odor and is used in most deodorants, and body sprays. It’s used in small quantities since heavy doses may create skin irritations. You can mix citronella oil with bathwater for a refreshing, body-odor ending bath.
Flushes Out Toxins & Waste
Citronella oil’s ability to increase perspiration is actually quite useful. When we sweat it promotes removal of toxins and other unwanted materials from the body like excess water, fat, and salts. This makes the body feel lighter, keeps skin healthy, and even reduces fever. Plus, this can also protect against infections.
This oil also has a diuretic quality which increases the frequency and quantity of urination which helps dispose the body of waste substances and other toxins. This then helps reduce weight, eliminates infections in urinary system, frees body from toxins, reduces chances of renal calculi, rheumatism, arthritis, improves digestion, and keeps the heart healthy.
Not only does citronella oil eliminate fungus, but it also prevents any further growth of it. This oil is very useful in countering fungal infections in the ear, nose, and throat region. Fungal infections in the ears are very common and can be very serious if left untreated. Citronella oil can help kill fungal infections in other parts of the body and helps cure fungal dysentary.
As mentioned earlier, and worth repeating, citronella is most commonly known to kill and keep away insects. It’s been found to be particularly effective on mosquitoes, called Aedes Aegypti, whose bite causes the dreaded Yellow Fever. Plus, it’s quite effective on lice, body and head louse, and fleas.
The use of this oil clears the stomach from infections and other problems as well as promote proper functioning. Citronella oil also has an overall toning effect on the body. It tones up digestion, excretions, the nervous system and the brain, all while strengthening the body.
Citronella oil has a stimulating effect on blood circulation, secretions, and discharges hormones and enzymes from the glands, and brain while also increasing activity in the nervous system. This oil can also stimulate the immune mechanisms and the body’s metabolism.
Eliminates Intestinal Worms
Another benefit of this oil is its ability to kill intestinal worms. Since children are most prone to worms it should be administered in mild doses to them. Citronella oil is effective against both round and tape worms. The presence of worms interferes with normal physical and mental growth, and also with the body’s absorption of nutrients. The use of this oil greatly increases quality of life by eliminating these harmful parasites.
Citronella oil can be used in the treatment of problems such as oily skin and hair, abnormal palpitations, colitis, migraine, neuralgia, fatigue, headache, nausea, and abdominal pain from gas or cramps.
A Word of Caution:
There isn’t any inherent toxicity in the oil, but it has been seen to produce irritation, dermatitis or sensitive skin if used in high concentrations. Do not use on skin of small children, and avoid use during pregnancy.
Citronella oil can be blended with other oils such as cedar wood, clary sage, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, and tea tree.