Citronella Essential Oil
Citronella, Cymbopogon Nardus, oil comes from the Asian grass plant. As a concentrated form of antioxidants and phytochemicals taken from the plant’s stems and leaves, citronella oil has been used for centuries in Asian countries to help decrease rashes, inflammation, infections, pain and other health conditions. Since it helps increase blood flow, a massage with citronella in a carrier oil can be used to help reduce the pain associated with arthritis problems.
Since it naturally repels mosquitos and other bugs, the most popular use for citronella is as ingredient in insect repellents. Citronella has been registered as a gentle, plant-based insect repellent in the United States since 1948 and Environmental Protection Agency considers citronella to be a “biopesticide” that has a nontoxic mode of action against insects.
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