Citronella

Plant/part : Aerial grass/cut grass (source: sri lanka, indonesia south: america)

Latin name : Cymbopogon nardus

Family : Graminae

Note : Top

Extraction : Steam distillation

Aroma: Slightly sweet and lemony

Properties: A natural deodoriser, and is useful as an insect and cat repellent. However it has some reputation for helping to clear the mind and therefore may be effective against headaches, migraine and neuralgia. It may well act as a general tonic to the body, balancing the heart and nervous system. Could have similar effect on the digestive and reproductive systems, so may be useful at the end of illness to restore tone, spirit and equilibrium. Its antiseptic properties may well be of use in a sick room by keeping germs at bay, again used in a diffuser. Its deodorant and stimulating qualities could refresh sweaty and tired feet, activating the whole system hereby. Reputedly helpful for rheumatic aches and pains.

Chemical constituents: Linalol, salviol (alcohol), linalyl acetate (ester), cineole (ketone), caryophyllene (sesquiterpene).

Precautions: Unknown

Blends : Bergamot, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, neroli, peppermint, petitgrain, ylang ylang, lemon, orange, lemongrass.