Botanical name: Cymbopogon winterianus
Consistency: Thin liquid
Perfumery note: Top
Related Planets/Deities: Mercury/Moon/Air
Aroma: Fresh, citrusy, lemony, very slightly sweet
Energetic Properties: Bright, penetrating, enlivening
Aromatherapy Properties: A yellowish-brown, mobile liquid with a fresh, powerful, lemony scent. It blends well with geranium, lemon, bergamot, orange, cedarwood and pine. Having pure citronella essential oil in your arsenal of natural oils is a must because of its ability to ward off mosquitoes and other pesky critters like fleas.
Diffusing the oil in a controlled environment will not only improve the scent of the area, but will go a long way to reduce the nuisance. Its aromatherapy uses extend to insect repellent blends, pet shampoos and natural flea treatments.
Spiritual Uses: Citronella may be used to protect, cleanse, clear negative energies, and strengthen and purify one's life force. It is very beneficial in clearing the mind and encouraging expression, making it a marvelous tool for writers, performers, and musician. Citronella oil may also be used to stimulate the throat chakra and clarify communication.
History: Extracted from a species of lemongrass, Citronella has a comparatively short history of use when viewed alongside many other essential oils. Around 1900, it was discovered that Citronella helps to repel mosquitoes. Since then, the plant, and its essences, have been used as ingredients in many products that help keep bugs at bay. All-natural Citronella-based topically-applied insect repellents are now enjoying a renaissance, and Citronella candles have become quite common (as they are very effective!).
Perfect for use with our Ceramic Oil Burners.