Synonyms: Sri Lankan Citronella
Cultivation: USDA and EcoCert organic cultivation in Sri Lanka
Composition: 100% Citronella essential oil, certified organic by USDA and EcoCert
Extraction: Water-steam distillation of Citronella leaves
Active Constituents: Aldehydes, monoterpenols: citronellal, geraniol
Viscosity: Thin to medium
Color: Pale yellow
About: Citronella has a tart, lemony aroma with bright astringent middle-top notes. The plant is a tall grass with light green blades that are steam-distilled to create the essential oil. Citronella is an effective mosquito and bug repellent as well as an excellent addition to household cleaners, both for its performance and for its bright citrus smell.
Common Uses: Make a bug spray with 15 drops Citronella, 15 drops Eucalyptus citriodora, and 15 drops Rose Geranium. Add together in 1 ounce of water with 1 tablespoon witch hazel alcohol, then mist on the body as needed. Dilute Citronella in plant oils or lotion then apply to soothe areas of discomfort.
Blending Recommendations: Citronella has a lemony, tart aroma that blends well with many essential oils. The cutting citrus notes come forward in the blend, meaning that only a small amount is needed when blending for scent.
Bergamot, Cistus, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus citriodora, Rose Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lavender Spike, Lemon, Lemongrass, Sweet Marjoram, May Chang, Neroli, Palmarosa, Peppermint, Rosemary cineole, Rosemary verbenone, Sage, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Thyme, Tea Tree, Wintergreen.
Safety Information: Do not use in the first 3 months of pregnancy. Always dilute.
Maximum Adult Dilution: 19%; 114 drops per ounce of carrier
Recommended Dilution: 0.5-7%; 3 – 42 drops per ounce of carrier
Methyl isoeugenol 6.81%
Geranyl Acetate 5.90%
Neral + Citronellol 3.22%
Methyl Eugenol 0.30%
Shelf Life: 4 years
Storage: Store upright, cap closed, out of direct heat and sunlight.
Notes: Non-GMO, No pesticides, No insecticides, No additives, Gluten free, Vegan, Cruelty free, No carrier oil added.