Citronella oil is a natural fragrant oil that comes from the Asian grass plant species belonging to the Cymbopogon family. It is most often used in insect repellents, as well as in beauty, household and perfume products because pure citronella oil is known to have amazing antibacterial and antifungal abilities. As a concentrated form of antioxidants and phytochemicals, citronella oil has been used for centuries in Asia to help decrease rashes, inflammation, infections, pain and other health conditions.
The effects of citronella oil have been shown to have the following benefits:
Citronella oil repels insects
Citronella acts as a gentle, plant-based insect repellent.
Citronella oil fights bacteria and fungi
Other than fighting mosquitoes, citronella oil can also fight harmful bacteria and fungi. Citronella oil can inhibit the growth of a fungus as it contains antiseptic and antimicrobial compounds. These compounds are responsible for the prevention of microbial growth, thus stopping infections from spreading.
Citronella oil fights free radicals
Like many citrus essential oils, this oil has high antioxidant capabilities for fighting free radicals that can cause disease and cellular damage.
Citronella oil acts as a skin tonic
This property means that citronella essential oil has an overall toning effect on the body. This oil can be used in the treatment of skin problems such as oily skin, acne, and skin inflammations.
Citronella oil eliminates toxins
Citronella oil properties can increase sweating and remove the toxins like excess water, fat, and salts from the body. It can keep the skin healthy and protect the body from infections.
Citronella oil removes bad odor
The rich citrus and lemon-like aroma of citronella oil fight against body odor and that’s why this oil is very often used in deodorants and body sprays. It can also be mixed with the bath water for a refreshing bath experience.