Latin name: Cymbopogon winterianus
Country of origin: Indonesia
Part of the plant: Grass
Obtained by: Steam distilled
Main biochemical components*: Citronellal, geraniol, citronellol
Properties: Antiseptic, bactericidal, deodorant, insecticide.
Physical uses: Stiff joints, inflammation, colds, flu, infections.
Skin care uses: Not recommended for skin care use. (e3 defines skin care as a condition that affects the surface of the skin.)
Psychological uses: Mental fatigue, stress, anxiety.
Subtle uses: Balances the first through fifth energy centers. Calms anger.
Notes: Use citronella in a 1-5% dilution. May be sensitizing.
*Chemical components: Chemical component percentages may vary. Essential 3 offers a Certificate of Analysis for review.
Methods of Use
Diffusion: Follow the diffuser manufacturer’s instructions to fill the air with a therapeutic aroma.
Easy alternatives when you don’t have a diffuser:
Place 2-4 drops of essential oil on several cotton balls or tissues; place nearby or tuck into the grate of fan or air vent in your home or car.
Inhalation: Put 1-3 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale the aroma through your nose. Pause and inhale again.
(Avoid touching your nose with the tissue.)
Massage: Mix 6 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion.
Room Mist: Mix 30-60 drops of essential oil in 4 ounces of water in a mister bottle. Shake well before each use and avoid getting the mist into the eyes.
Spot Application: Mix 1-4 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or aloe vera and apply to the area in need.
The Methods of Use are general guidelines. Individual sensitivities, desired results, and the characteristics of the essential oil(s) used must all be considered. Adjust methods and proportions accordingly.
For external use only. Always dilute before use. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid eyes and other sensitive areas. Keep away from direct flame – essential oils are flammable. If pregnant or nursing, consult a physician before using essential oils. Store at room temperature and avoid direct sunlight.
Aromatherapy: The use of natural, aromatic substances, known as essential oils, to enhance the well-being of the body, mind, and spirit. (This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. No information provided is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.)