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Botanical Name: Cymbopogon nardus

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Origin: India

Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Characteristics: Citronella Java, Cymbopogon winterianus– is another of the scented tropical grasses that are steam distilled for a pale mobile liquid with a lemony geranium-like aroma. Although Ceylon Citronella I considered more attractive aroma therapy literature lists both types as antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, bactericidal, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, fungicidal, insecticide, stomachic, tonic and vermifuge. There are no side by side studies that have been consistently shown to prove that one or the other citronella types is superior in treatment of common maladies. Yet this lack of empirical proof has not stopped novice practitioners from repeating unfounded rumors that Ceylon is superior. The fact that seems likely is that there is simply a preference for the aroma. This is certainly true in natural perfumes.

It is a grass derived oil in the telling genus Cymbopogon. Naturally it blends beautifully with other grasses like palmarosa and lemongrass. The grasses share common constituents but in different balance. For blending the citrus genus is a good companion to Citronella. It harmonizes nicely with rose and geranium and citrus scented herbs like lemon balm.

Citronella should be used conservatively in blends lest it dominate. It is an expensive lesson to find out after the fact. Citronella blended liberally with expensive oils can render them one-dimensional. None the less it is a popular and helpful therapeutic oil.

Please Note: The information on is only provided for educational purposes, and further research should be done on each essential oil to be assured of its proper usage for each individual. Aromatherapy is not meant to be a replacement for care under a qualified health professional, but should be considered a complimentary form of healthcare.

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1 oz, 4 oz, 1 lb, 1 kg


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