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Citronella Essential Oil

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What is Citronella Essential Oil?
Citronella is a grass that mainly grows in some Asian countries and some islands of the South Pacific. It has a rich, crisp lemony aroma and thus bears the name citronella. The essential oil of citronella is extracted from two varieties of citronella. The first one is the Ceylon variety, whose scientific name is Cymbopogon nardus and the second one is Java variety, called Cymbopogon winterianus in botanical terminology. In both cases, the essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of the fresh plant. [1]

Citronella Essential Oil Nutrition
While the first variety yields an oil whose main components are citronellol, citronellal, geraniol, limonene, and methyl isoeugenol, the oil obtained from the second variety contains citronellal, geraniol, geranyl acetate, and limonene as its chief constituents, with geraniol and citronellal higher in concentrations than the former variety. [2] Hence, the oil obtained from the Java variety is considered to be of higher quality. The main producers of this essential oil are China and Indonesia. This oil is also produced by certain other Asian, South & Latin American and African countries in smaller amounts.

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Health Benefits of Citronella Essential Oil
Apart from being used as a flavoring agent for foods and beverages, it has varied medicinal uses, which are listed below.

Inhibits Bacterial Growth
According to a research report published in the Microbios Journal, components like methyl isoeugenol and a few others that are found in citronella essential oil are responsible for inhibiting any kind of bacterial growth. [3] They kill bacteria and inhibit any further bacterial growth in the body. This is particularly helpful in treating infections in wounds, as well as in the colon, urethra, urinary bladder, stomach, intestines, urinary tracts, prostate, and kidneys.

Fights Depression
Citronella oil fights depression and gives relief from anxiety, sadness, and negative feelings. [4] It induces a fresh, happy feeling and hope.

Eliminates Infections
The antiseptic properties of citronella essential oil fight infections in wounds, as well as the urinary tracts, urethra, prostate, and kidneys, while simultaneously protecting them from developing sepsis.

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