Benefits of Citronella
Citronella is derived from the leaves of lemongrass. There have been many scientific and peer reviewed studies that show lemongrass can be used for multiple beneficial uses. Below is a list of the benefits of citronella.
- Anti-Fungal. A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information showed that citronella was an effective agent against oral candida in patients with dentures. Lemongrass has been used by alternative dentists to naturally treat oral fungal infections. When safely used, citronella may help promote oral health. Check with your dentist and physician before starting any treatment and if you choose to use lemongrass/citronella orally, be sure you use a therapeutic grade essential oil safe for internal consumption.
- Natural insect repellent. When it comes to bugs, no one wants to be their snack of choice, but spraying yourself and your family with bug sprays that contain toxic chemicals such as DEET may be doing more harm than bug bites ever could. This is why many people are turning to natural alternatives to keep bugs away such as lemongrass oil. When topically applied or aromatically diffused via candles or essential oil diffuser, citronella can effectively repel mosquitos and other pesky insects.
- Healing Salve. Research presented by Frontiers in Pharmacology showed that the use of certain essential oils, including citronella was effective in treating diabetic wound healing, microbial infections and candidiasis. Lemongrass has been used as a natural healing treatment for centuries and when safely applied to cuts and abrasions it can naturally disinfect them.
- Aromatherapy mood booster. When diffused aromatically, citronella essential oil not only repels bugs but can induce a happier mood and calming atmosphere. Adding a few drops of lemongrass essential oil to your household or office diffuser can help you feel better and create a fresh scent.
Be sure you check with your physician before you start any alternative therapy and choose a high-quality citronella oil. We here at Mary Tylor Naturals are proud to offer a pure, organic citronella essential oil product!