Citronella- AroMeds Cymbopogon nardus is organically grown in South Africa. The grass is steam distilled. It is in the poaceae or gramineae plant family, is a top note and has a clean, strong, lemony aroma.


  • Blend in spray bottle with water for an effective insect repellent on its own, or blended with other repellant oils, like cedarwood, geranium, patchouli, eucalyptus or lavender
  • Great is massage blends for arthritis, muscular aches or neuralgia
  • Excellent anti-microbial action, so its an effective inhalant for colds and flu 
  • Recommended for oily skin conditions like acne or for use in deodorants
  • Citronella's refreshing scent can help combat fatique

Blends well with- Bergamot, cedarwood, citrus oils, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, petitgrain, peppermint, pine, ylang ylang

Notes of interest- Battaglia states," Poultices of the leaves were widely used in India and Sri Lanka to treat minor cuts, abrasions and swelling"

Modes of Application-  Massage, bath, skin care, direct inhalation, diffuser, steam inhalation, room and body sprays

Safety data- Citronella can cause contact dermatitis in some individuals. Skin sensitization  also possible if using old and/or oxidized oils. Avoid while pregnant. Essential Oils are typically used externally through inhalation and topical application while properly diluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified aromatherapy practitioner to address a specific health need, for a specified amount of time. Keep away from children and pets.


Battaglia, S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003.

Tisserand, R and Young, R. Essential Oil Safety, A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition, Churchill Livingston Elsevier, 2014.

Please note: Information and statements provided by AroMed Aromatherapy and Lauren Andrews RN, CA, have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health condition or disease. Information and interest only. The information is not designed for self-diagnosis. If you are concerned about a healthcare issue, see your doctor, specialist or ND. Please note that AroMed Aromatherapy accepts no liability for misuse of essential oils or other products. 

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