Citronella Essential Oil - 1 fl oz.

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Citronella Essential Oil - 1 fl oz.
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When you get your first whiff of Citronella, you will more than likely think of summer nights, fire flies and yummy grilled food because it is often used in insect repellants. Many of you have probably used citronella candles to repel the pesky bugs from outdoor meals or functions. Now you can have the effectiveness of the plant in an easy-to-use oil, for not only household use, but personal use as well!


Citronella Essential Oil


cymbopogon winterianus


1 fl oz.


 



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Citronella Essential Oil

 

100% Pure and Natural cymbopogon winterianus


Watch this Practical Use for Citronella Essential Oil

When you get your first whiff of Citronella Essential Oil, you will more than likely think of summer nights, fire flies and yummy grilled food because many of you have probably used citronella candles to repel pesky bugs from outdoor gatherings. Now you can have the effectiveness of the plant in an easy-to-use oil, for not only household use, but personal use as well.

Citronella has long been considered the natural and safe alternative to DEET (N-diethyl-meta-toluamide), a controversial ingredient in most insect repellents. Citronella can be used alone or with other essential oils, such as Beeyoutiful®’s Eucalyptus Oil, to form a wonderful combination insecticide and repellent (see below for recipe). The plant itself does not produce enough pungency to repel bugs from your yard, but the concentrated oil can be diffused in small patio areas or mixed with a carrier oil or water and lightly wiped on furniture, doorways, or other items to help repel pests.

Beeyoutiful®’s Citronella Essential Oil can be diluted with Beeyoutiful®’s Sweet Almond Oil. Citronella pairs well with Beeyoutiful®’s Lavender, Geranium, Orange, and Lemon Essential Oils. And, last but not least, Citronella mixes wonderfully with Eucalyptus Oil for a boost to the insecticide properties. 

Insecticide: You can simply rub the oil, diluted with a carrier oil, on your skin with a paper towel or cotton ball. For easy-to-use convenience, you may want to make up a larger batch. You will need a fine mist spray bottle and either distilled water or a high proof alcohol (vodka is appropriate for this rather than rubbing alcohol; vodka is usually preferred to other alcohols because it is clear, high proof, and relatively cheap to purchase). Add 3 ounces of either distilled water or alcohol to the spray bottle, then add 15-20 drops of Citronella Essential Oil. Please test for sensitivity. You may want to begin with 15 drops and test for effectiveness, then add if needed. Shake before using. Note: You must shake well before using or you could be applying straight oil, which could result in burns.

You can also add small amounts (6 drops per ounce) of Citronella to your lotion, sunscreen or shampoo for guaranteed coverage. This is especially good for repelling ticks, which like to hide in hair.

Multi-Oil Insect Repellent

15-20 drops Citronella Essential Oil (Cymbopogon winterianus)

15 drops Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula officinalis)

10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Eucalyptus globulus)

7 Drops Lemongrass Essential Oil (Cymbopogon citratus)

3-4 ounces distilled water OR alcohol (use high proof alcohol such as vodka, notrubbing alcohol)

You may wish to start with only half the amount of each oil suggested and increase later if needed; the strength required depends on the sensitivity of your skin and the coverage needed. If you are particularly susceptible to bug bites, you may want to use the full amount. 

Mix oils in a fine-mist 4-ounce spray bottle and allow them to mingle. Add 3 to 4 ounces of water or alcohol to fill the spray bottle. Make sure to shake well before applying to the skin; if not, you could be dispersing straight oil, which can cause burns. Reapply as needed.

Cleaning: Citronella is especially good at cleaning sick rooms during and after contagious illnesses. You can diffuse the oil in the room or use as a disinfectant by adding it to your water or natural cleaner. 

Deodorant: Such a light, lemony smell will help deodorize the body. It also helps to disinfect the bacteria that cause foul odors. Add a drop of Citronella Essential Oil to 1 teaspoon coconut oil to be used as an underarm deodorant. In addition to being an odor-eater, it also helps to combat excessive perspiration! Plus, it has none of the toxic metals or chemical used by conventional antiperspirants or deodorants that have been alleged to cause cancer and many other ailments.  (Allow time to soak into the skin first before dressing so you don’t end up with oil marks on your clothes.)

Skin: The clearing benefits and balancing effects on the skin are definitely worth using Citronella Essential Oil in your daily regimen. It helps to reduce oily skin and can also be tremendously helpful in reducing bad bacteria. Use a drop in your water to rinse your skin, add a drop to your facial cream, or make a witch hazel and citronella astringent by adding one drop per teaspoon of witch hazel and applying as needed.

Note: Due to known drug interactions, please consult your doctor prior to using Citronella Essential Oil. A dilution of 1% Citronella Essential Oil is recommended for all topical use. (To achieve: add 1 drop of Citronella Essential Oil to 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil.)

Pregnancy/Lactation: Although considered generally appropriate for use during pregnancy and lactation, we advise that you speak with your healthcare practitioner prior to use to insure it is appropriate for your specific situation.

For additional information on the use of Essential Oils, please read the following article: The Essentials of Essential Oils. For even more about Citronella, read related articles on our blog. 

 

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Price $9.00
Nutrition Facts No
Suggested Use For aromatherapy use. For all other uses, carefully dilute with a carrier oil such as Beeyoutiful’s Jojoba or Almond Oil prior to use. Please consult an essential oil book or other professional reference source for suggested dilution ratios.
Other Ingredients No
Contains NO No
Notice Caution: Always dilute before any use other than aromatherapy. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. If pregnant or lactating, consult a practitioner before use. Not for internal use. Essential oils are highly concentrated and should be used with care. Gas Chromatography/Infra-red Spectroscopy verified
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Customer Reviews 12 item(s)

Love this Oil!
My husband and I both love the smell of this oil, it is wonderfully refreshing! I read in the product information that it is good for bringing down fevers. I actually purchased it for that reason due to the fact that it is fever season, not bug season. I've used Citronella twice on my 5 year old daughter now when she had was ill. I diluted it with coconut oil as recommended and rubbed it all over her back. She calmed right down and fell asleep both times. The first time she had a low grade fever and it was gone when she woke up, the 2nd time (103.8 fever) it wasn't gone but seemed to have lessen and she woke up without complaint. I did not give her medicine either times, just used the oil. I also used this mixed with coconut oil on a sore knee once and the pain subsided within 5 minutes. I am absolutely thrilled with this product and will definitely purchase more when I run out.
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Review by Lindy / (Posted on 1/27/2015)
Uncertian
I do not enjoy the scent of this particular oil. I will be interested to see how it works repelling insects during the summer. I see others have stated that it works great for that. It just does not smell like fresh citronella plants to me. I want to use it to repel bugs both indoors and in the garden. That would be excellent. I will try to let you know how it goes.
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Review by Natural Girl / (Posted on 1/8/2015)
Really good for bugs!
I was really happy how even just the plain citronella repels mosquitoes and bugs.
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Review by Esther / (Posted on 10/12/2014)
Used in bug repellent recipe
I bought this to make the bug repellent recipe that is in the video on Beeyoutiful's site. It worked really well at keeping the huge Alaska mosquitoes from eating us.
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Review by Texas Gal / (Posted on 7/18/2014)
Mosquito repellent!
My daughter gets bit up really badly by mosquito's. I have found by putting Citronella Oil in my oil diffuser that it helps deter them from coming in my house. I love that I can use it to protect her and the rest of my family. This is a must have item for those mosquito times of the year.
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Review by Jael / (Posted on 3/31/2014)
Natural bug repellent
I personally use this to fight off both spiders (by mixing with water and spraying around house) and to fight off mosquitoes! It does wonders it repelling both of them!! Will need more come spring time!
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Review by Josh / (Posted on 2/19/2014)
love the scent, my skin not so much
I used this oil to make a homemade insect repelling spray. I love the scent! Unfortunately my skin doesn't take well to the oil. (Citronella does often have dermatological reactions in sensitive skin) But I love the scent and bug-repelling properties, so I want to continue to find ways to utilize. Maybe diffusing near doorways? One disappoint I found in researching citronella is that the bug-repelling properties seem to diminish greatly after about 40 minutes of application. Best used in combination with other bug-repelling oils like lemongrass and rosemary.
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Review by Susan / (Posted on 1/18/2014)
Summertime!
Need this for kids & dogs & picnics! Great paired w/ Lemongrass.
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Review by Marilyn / (Posted on 1/7/2014)
Great insect repellent!
I put a few drops in my watering can before watering my vegetable garden and it really scared away the ants and bugs. I also put some in a spray can with water and used it before going to an outdoor summer concert one evening, and I didn't get any bug bites. It really works!
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Review by Agnes / (Posted on 12/2/2013)
Worked great!
I used this in an insect repellent blend and it worked great. I love the fact that I can keep the biting insects away from the kids without all the chemicals.
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Review by Mrs. B / (Posted on 4/1/2013)
Did the trick
The mosquitoes were bad during our last camping trip. Didn't have any bug spray, but did have Beeyoutiful's citronella essential oil. I knew we couldn't use it neat, so we put a drop on my husband's shirt collar and the attacking stopped. We were able to spend the evening playing dominoes outside.
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Review by Linda / (Posted on 9/10/2012)
Great Insect Repellent
I mixed Citronella and Lemongrass oils together in a few ounces of water as you recommended and sprayed it on lightly before going outside to mingle with the mosquitoes. No bites! Amazing. I didn't spray it on my 6 children, but none of them seemed to get bit either when others nearby were getting eaten alive! I won't forget to use it!
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Review by Zanwan / (Posted on 7/31/2012)