Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus) essential oil is popularly used as an insect repellent and has been registered for this use in the United States since 1948. Traditionally it has also been used to prevent food spoilage due to fungus and bacteria.
According to Wikipedia
Research also shows that citronella oil has strong antifungal properties, is effective in calming barking dogs, and has even been used as a successful spray on deterrent against pets destroying household items. Citronella oil is popular as a ‘natural’ insect repellent. Its mosquito repellent qualities have been verified by research, including effectiveness in repelling Aedes aegypti (dengue fever mosquito). To be continually effective most citronella repellent formulas need to be reapplied to the skin every 30–60 minutes. The US Environmental Protection Agency states that citronella oil has little or no toxicity when used as a topical insect repellent, with no reports of adverse effects of concern over a 60 year period.
Research also indicates that citronella oil is an effective repellent for body louse, head louse and stable flies.
Actions: Antibacterial, insect-repellent, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, deodorizing, insecticidal.
Traditional Uses: Various cultures have used citronella to treat intestinal parasites, digestive and menstrual problems. It has also been used as a stimulant, to alleviate headaches, for respiratory infections, neuralgia, fatigues and oily skin.
Citronella is a great cleaning aid – it can be used to sanitize and deodorize surfaces around the house.
How to Use Dietary: Dilute one drop with V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex or other vegetable oil (e.g., virgin coconut, olive, almond). Put in a capsule and take up to three times daily or as needed.
Topical: Dilute one drop with V-6 or other vegetable oil; apply to desired area. Aromatic: Diffuse up to 30 minutes three times daily. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health-care practitioner prior to use.
Ingredients 100% pure therapeutic grade citronella (Cymbopogon nardus) leaf/stem essential oil
Use For: Relaxing Respiratory Support Insect Repellent (especially when combined with cedarwood)
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Item #3085 – 15 ml – Citronella Essential Oil