Citronella (Cymbopogon Nardus) Essential Oil

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Maybe the first thing you think of when learning about Citronella essential oil is bugs flying away from a campsite. It’s true that Citronella is an extremely effective agent against mosquitoes and other pesky insects but it also has a myriad of other uses.

Citronella is commonly used in soaps, detergents and cleaning products. Not only that, but Citronella is also incredibly calming.

Citronella essential oil is sourced from Java, an island of Indonesia. It is native to Sri Lanka, but cultivated throughout many tropical regions. Derived from the perennial and aromatic grass, the essential oil is extracted through steam distillation. The Java oil is the starting material for the isolation of natural geraniol and citronellal.

Use this essential oil sparingly; one drop goes a long way because it oh so VERY potent and concentrated!


- Botanical Name: Cymbopogon Nardus
- Synonyms: Citronella Java
- Origin: Sri Lanka
- Method: Steam Distillation
- Plant Part: Grass
- Note: Top - Middle

- Family: Poaceae
- Blends Well With: Eucalyptus, Lavender, and other camphoraceous and floral aromas
- Aroma: Citrusy, sweet, green, and herbaceous. Has a well-rounded lemon citrus scent, though it is much softer than actual Lemon. It also has subtle wood tones.
- Consistency: Thin
- Color: Clear
- Purity: 100% (NOT diluted; NO additives; NO fillers - EVER)
- Therapeutic/Medicinal Quality?: Yes!!
- Shelf Life: 2 Years


(Potential to be useful when used safely and appropriately)

- Circulatory: arthritis
- Immune: infection, inflammation
- Limbic/Emotional: depression, anxiety, stress, tension
- Muscular: spasm, cramp, ache, pain
- Nervous: nerve pain
- Skin: bacterial infection, eczema, psoriasis, athlete's foot, fungal infection, body odor
- Home: airborne germs, surface germs, insect repellent


(Please reference the Appendix on this site for definitions)

analgesic, anti-bacterial (bactericidal), anti-depressant, anti-fungal (fungicidal), anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory/anti-phlogistic, anti-microbial/anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, deodorant, insecticidal, insectifuge, sedative (nervous).


Diffusion: Use one to four drops in the diffuser of your choice (this oil is VERY strong/potent, but you decide how strong you want the scent to be). Ideally, diffuse essential oils for 30-60 minutes on, then 30-60 minutes off. This is not only safer, but it’s also more effective as both our bodies and our nervous system habituate to essential oils after this period of time. Whenever you are using or diffusing essential oils, some air exchange (fresh air) is advisable. Do not diffuse around cats.

Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil (Jojoba, Sunflower, Olive, Coconut, Almond, etc.) to minimize any skin sensitivity. Proper dilution ratio and a link for you to learn how to properly dilute is below.


CAUTION: Possible drug interaction. Avoid using internally if using drugs metabolized by CYP2B6. Citronella may irritate sensitive skin.

- Safe for which ages?: All
- Safe for pregnancy?: Yes
- Safe for breastfeeding?: Yes
- Safe for dog?: Yes
- Safe for cat?: No

Kids Max Topical Dilution: 1% (based on geraniol content. Using more than topical max can cause irritation or sensitization).

Adult Max Topical Dilution: 18.2% (same caution info as for kids in paragraph above - please read).

Learn more about dilution for all ages, bottle sizes, etc.

NEVER USE ESSENTIAL OILS INTERNALLY IN ANY AMOUNT, UNLESS DIRECTED BY A LICENSED AROMATHERAPIST OR PHYSICIAN. If under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Discontinue use if skin sensitivity occurs. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use undiluted on skin. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use on broken skin or on abrasions.

Safety Guidelines & Explanations:

Information sourced from - Essential Oil Profiles: Aromatherapy reference manual for the beginner and beyond (book), by Lea Jacobson, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist. Purchase by clicking here.

Please see the following websites for information & safety:

Learn More About Citronella Essential Oil:


Please keep out of the heat, the sun and the light. It is best to store essential oils in a cool, dark place or room. Do not leave in your vehicle in warm (75+ degrees) or very cold temperatures. Heat especially destroys the medicinal/therapeutic properties of essential oils. Make sure to keep cap tightly closed. It is best to use your essential oils within one year, although they will last much longer than that if taken care of properly (above). If not taken care of properly, essential oils can degrade and/or go rancid, and will no longer be medicinal/therapeutic for you.


The information provided is general and should not be taken as medical advice. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or disorder. Please consult your doctor, especially if being used during pregnancy, before using our Citronella Essential Oil. Neither Victoria Kay Designs nor associated business entities guarantee the accuracy of this information.

Victoria Kay Designs is not responsible for users who use this essential oil unsafely. More than enough information, and reference information to legitimate sources is available on this website for users to educate themselves. If buyers/users choose not to educate themselves and use any essential oil irresponsibly - that is not the fault of this business. Victoria Kay Designs is not responsible for any ill-fated reactions, i.e. sensitivity, irritation, phototoxicity, internal damage (taking internally), illness, death, etc., etc. due to usage of any essential oil information on this website/not on this website, or essential oil sold on this website or sold at arts & crafts shows. Users assume all responsibility once product passes into their hands.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.