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Citronella, Organic: India (Cymbopogon winterianus)
In 1946 the US Army introduced the harmful DDT and it majorly replaced natural insect repellents like Citronella. Being one of the oldest known plants for its powerful insect repellent abilities, Citronella also has historic medicinal value in many cultures as well. It was traditionally used for infectious wounds, fight infection, and to assist the lungs. Today this oil is still used in large amounts in many industrial applications like candles, soap making, and insect repellent products.
Primary Usages: A powerful insect repellent and beneficial for room refreshing (kills germs, fungus, bacteria, and deodorizes). Useful as a general health tonic, digestive problems (increase the appetite, stomachic, expel intestinal parasites), and skin (softens, reduces oil, acne, reduces perspiration, deodorant, inflammation, minor cuts, toenail fungus, eczema).
Secondary Usages: Has calming effects (headaches, stress, nervous related conditions, high blood pressure) and beneficial for supporting the body through sickness (fevers, colds, flu, respiratory infections). Can increase urine production and reduce fluid retention.
Has Been Reported: Historically used for menstrual problems and control muscle spasms. Use to assist rheumatism and arthritis. In some people it can be stimulating and raise the heart rate.
Descriptor: Insecticidal, Tonic, Antibiotic, Antiseptic, Antifungal, Antiparasitic, Bactericidal, Relaxant
Application: Put on skin to ward of insects. Apply on location where needed. Diffuse or put into a spray bottle.
Caution: May be “hot” to sensitive individuals.
Found In: Bug Off and Purify
Influences: Calms, clears and refreshes the mind. Assists to release negative energies and resolve internal conflicts. Creates feelings of acceptance and balance with the world.
Medicine Wheel: Primary North. Increases the Guardian Qi.
Blends Well With: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Pine Needles
Testimonials: We find rubbing a few drops on the exposed skin is highly effective to deter insects.
Recipes: For a mosquito and bug repellent mix one hundred drops of Citronella, and fifty drops each of Cedarwood and Peppermint in a four ounce spray bottle. Fill with water and shake vigorously before liberally spraying all over the body. Reapply every thirty to sixty minutes.
To lift the spirits mix twenty drops each of Citronella and Sandalwood to ten drops of Neroli, or if you prefer a more grounding smell use the Sacred Frankincense, into 15ml of a carrier oil of your choice. Massage at fifteen drops on the neck and shoulders.
Country of Origin: India, Organic
Botanical Name: Cymbopogon winterianus
Plant Part: Leaves
Note: Fresh, Warm and Spicy
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