Citronella is a type of grass which grows mainly in Asian countries and some islands of South Pacific and it has a rich, crispy lemony aroma. The name citronella probably came because of this lemony aroma. The oil is extracted from two types of Citronella, namely Ceylon type or Cymbopogon Nardusand and Java type which is called Cymbopogon Winterianus. There are many Health Benefits for Citronella Oil and these can be attributed to its properties as an antibacterial, antiseptic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, deodorant, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, insect repellent, stimulant, tonic, stomachic and vermifuge. The extraction process of the oil is steam distillation of the fresh plant.
The main components in the Ceylon type of Citronella are citronellol, citronellal, geraniol, limonene, and methyl isoeugenol while the Java variety contains citronellal, geraniol, geranyl actate and limonene as its main constituents. The geraniol and citronellal content is in higher concentration in the Java type of citronella and because of this the oil extracted obtained from the Java variety is of higher quality when compared to the oil from the Ceylon variety. The main producers of citronella oil are Indonesia and China and it is also produced by many other Asian, South & Latin American and African countries but in lesser amounts.
Citronella oil is used widely used as a flavoring agent for food and beverages and the oil has many medicinal uses. Citronella has important components methyl isoeugenol and a few other which makes this oil an effective antibacterial. It kills the bacteria present in the body and prevents any further bacterial growth in the body. Isoeugenol is particularly helpful in treating infections in wounds, colon, urethra, urinary bladder, stomach, intestines, urinary tracts, and kidneys and prostrate. Citronella oil is an effective antidepressant and it fights depression and provides relief from anxiety, sadness and negative feelings and offers a fresh and happy feeling and hope.
Citronella oil blends well with essential oils like cedar wood, clary sage, geranium, eucalyptus, rosemary, tea tree and peppermint. The oil is a good spasmodic and good for relieving spasms of the muscles, respiratory system and nervous system. It is used for curing menstrual spasms and it gives relief from symptoms like cramps and coughs. The oil has strong antiseptic properties and it fights infections in wounds, and urinary tracts, urethra, prostate and kidneys and protects it from being sepsis. The oil also clears the stomach from infections and other problems and helps in the function of the stomach properly.
Citronella oil is effective in sedating different types of inflammation particularly which is connected with liver, stomach, intestines and other parts of the digestive system. The oil is also effective for inflammation caused by the side effects of drugs, excessive use of alcohol or narcotics, hard and spicy food, any kind of diseases and any toxic element getting into the body can also be alleviated using this oil. There are many diaphoretic properties for this oil and it encourages sweating and promotes elimination of toxins and other unwanted materials like excess water, fat and salts from the body. Removal of the excess water, fat and salt from the body means your body become lighter and the skin becomes healthy. It also helps in reducing fever and also protects you from certain infections.
Citronella oil increases the frequency and quantity of urination and this is mainly because of its diuretic properties. Excess urination helps the body to dispose waste substances and toxins from the body like uric acid, excess bile, acids and salts and water and fats. Disposal of waste substances helps reduce weight and help eliminate infections in the urinary system. It helps the body get rid of toxin from the body, reduces chances of renal calculi, arthritis and rheumatism, improves digestion and also keeps the heart healthy.
Citronella oil has diaphoretic properties which increase perspiration, its anti-inflammatory property reduces inflammation and the antimicrobial property fights infections. All these three properties combined fight fever and reduce body temperature. Citronella oil has the power to kill fungus and hold back the fungal growth and infections in the ear, nose and throat region. The common infections like fungal infection of the ears can be very serious and this oil eliminate fungal infections in the other parts of the body. It is also useful for curing fungal dysentery.
Citronella oil provides overall toning effect on the body and it tones up digestion, excretion, the nervous system and the brain. This oil kills the intestinal worms but remember to administer it in mild doses to children. It is effective against round worms and tape worms. These worms interfere with the normal physical and mental growth and also interfere with the absorption of nutrients by the body. This oil increases the quality of life by destroying all these dangerous parasites. Citronella oil boosts the blood circulation, secretions and discharges hormones and enzymes from the glands, brain and also increases the nervous system activity.
Stimulates Immune Mechanisms
Citronella oil provides stimulating effect of the immune mechanisms and the metabolism of the body. This can be used for other problems like oily skin, oily hair, abnormal palpitations, colitis, migraine, neuralgia, headache, fatigue, nausea and stomach pain due to gas and cramps. The oil when used in high concentration may create irritation, dermatitis or sensitization on some people. Try and avoid using the oil on the skin of young children and should not be used during pregnancy. It is always better to use the oil under the guidance of a qualified doctor.
Citronella oil is an effective insect repellent also and it can kill and keep the insect away from your home. It is particularly effective on a certain kind of species of mosquitoes called Aedes Aegypti which causes the dreaded yellow fever. It is also effectively used for removing lice, body and head louse and fleas. Since the oil has rich citrus aroma it is used in deodorants and body sprays in small quantities. The citrus like aroma is good for driving away body odour. The oil can be used by mixing with bath water to have a refreshing body odour.
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