What Is Citronella Essential Oil?
The Citronella Essential oil is derived from the steam distillation of stems and leaves of two species of grass belonging to the Cymbopogon family – Java and Ceylon. The oil has a pale yellowish hue and its scent is described to be intense lemon-based musky combined with woody undertones.
The oil is widely used for cosmetic purposes and is renowned for its topical applications, disinfecting as well as deodorizing properties. Did you know that the scent of Citronella keeps bugs away, making it one of the most effective natural insect repellent?
Nutritional Value of Citronella:
The chemical composition of the essential oil of citronella differs according to geographical locations. The constant ingredients that have been isolated are alcohols, ketones, esters, aldehydes, and hydrocarbon terpenes.5
In 100 grams, below are the nutrients found in citronella:
|Nutrients||% Daily value|
|Total fat- 0.5 grams||1%|
|Saturated fat- 0.1 grams||0%|
|Total carbohydrate-25 grams||9%|
|Sodium- 6 mg||0%|
|Protein- 1.8 grams||4%|
|Iron- 8.2 mg||46%|
|Calcium- 65 mg||5%|
|Potassium- 723 mg||15%|
Health Benefits of Citronella Essential Oil
Apart from being used as a flavoring agent for foods and beverages, it has varied medicinal uses, which are listed below.
Blending: The essential oil of citronella forms fine blends with the essential oils of cedarwood, clary sage, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, and tea tree.