About The Plant
A tall, aromatic, perennial grass originally native to Sri Lanka, the winterianus varietal is cultivated for essential oil production in many tropical climates such as Africa, Argentina, and Vietnam.
About The Oil
Citronella Essential Oil is commonly known for its natural insect repellent properties, though it has many other uses in aromatherapy. Our Citronella is steam distilled and is known as Java Citronella. It has a fresh, powerful, lemon-like scent and is higher in citronellal and citronellol than the Ceylon or nardus variety. This means that the antiseptic and antimicrobial actions will be more powerful and therefore the deodorizing effects will also be more effective.
Citronella is the key ingredient for many insect repellents as it kills and keeps away insects including lice, fleas, and ticks. It has been found particularly effective on a species of mosquito, called Aedes aegypti whose bite causes Yellow Fever.
In Chinese medicine it is considered to have warming and ‘activating’ qualities on both mental and physical levels.