Citronella – Cymbopogon Nardus


What is citronella? Well, citronella oil comes from the Asian grass plant known as Cymbopogon nardus. It’s most commonly used as a natural fragrant oil, in insect repellents, as well as in beauty, household and perfume products. According to scientific research, pure citronella oil is known to have amazing antibacterial and antifungal abilities. (1)

With these potent properties, is citronella oil harmful to humans? Not when it’s used properly! In fact, the most popular use for citronella is as an ingredient in homemade or commercially made insect repellents, since it naturally repels various bugs.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers citronella to be a biopesticide, which means it’s a natural “nontoxic mode of action” against potentially harmful insects like mosquitoes. (2) And insect repellent is just one of citronella’s many possible uses and benefits. (Credit Dr. Axe –

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Citronella essential oil, distilled from French grass (aka Lemon balm). This concentrated form of antioxidants has been known to help decrease rashes, inflammation, infections, pain and other health conditions.

As an insect repellent
As an antifungal agent
To treat parasitic infections
To promote wound healing
To lift mood or fight fatigue
In perfumes or as a flavour additive in food

You can use citronella oil in a diffuser or spray bottle
Dilute it in an oil or lotion before applying it to your skin.

Homemade Citronella Oil Bug Spray Recipe
Instead of using conventional recipes and showering your body in harmful chemicals, try this homemade bug spray recipe. In addition to keeping away bugs, it also helps kill bacteria and nourish your skin. And unlike conventional brands, it smells amazing!
Total Time: 2 minutes

Serves: 30


1/2 cup witch hazel
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
40 drops mixed essential oils (citronella, eucalyptus, lemongrass, tea tree or rosemary)
glass spray bottle

Mix all ingredients in eight-ounce spray bottle. Spray over all portions of the body, but avoid repellent in eyes and mouth. (Credit Dr. Axe –

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