You have surely heard of citronella essential oil, after all, it is one of the most common oils used in both homemade and commercial insect repellants, as it repels mosquitoes and many other insects. Even the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) considers it to be a "biopesticide" that offers a non-toxic way of fighting insects.
However, citronella oil offers many other benefits, thanks to its antifungal, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties.
Citronella essential oil is a concentrated form of phytochemicals and antioxidants that is extracted from the leaves and stems of two varieties of the Asian citronella herb plant, Cymbopogon nardus and Cymbopogon Winterianus. In both cases, the oil is extracted by steam distillation from the fresh plant. It has been used for hundreds, if not thousands, of years in places like Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and China to help reduce inflammation, decrease skin rashes, fight infections, relieve pain, and combat a host of other health conditions. It has a rich citrus aroma, hence its name.
6 ways to reap the benefits of citronella oil
This oil can be very useful for the home and garden, to improve some health conditions and reduce symptoms, as well as for aesthetic and beauty treatments.
1. Reduce inflammation and relieve arthritis pain
Citronella oil offers powerful anti-inflammatory properties along with sedative and calming effects for internal inflammation. Along with its powerful antioxidant compounds and its ability to improve blood flow, it is often used to naturally treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and it can relieve pain almost immediately.
To use, combine a few drops with a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, olive oil, or coconut oil, and apply to sore and swollen joints and muscles.
2. Repel insects
The citronella oil has been used as an insect repellent in combination with any other plants. It has even been found to repel potentially dangerous mosquito species known as Aedes aegypti, which is capable of spreading dengue fever.
While you can simply apply a few drops of citronella essential oil mixed with a tablespoon of a carrier oil like coconut oil as a lotion to all exposed areas of the skin, using it as part of a natural insect repellent recipe can be the most effective way. to fight insects. It's easy to make your own repellent at home, without DEET or harmful chemicals, using the following recipe:
You will need to:
· 2 ounces of purified water (or boiled water).
· 1.5 ounces’ witch hazel.
· 20 drops of citronella essential oil.
· 15 drops of peppermint essential oil.
· 10 drops of tea tree essential oil.
· 4 oz or larger glass spray bottle.
1. Add the 2 ounces of purified or boiled water to the spray bottle.
2. Then pour in the essential oils and shake well.
3. Use it to spray any exposed areas of skin, as well as hair and even clothing, but be careful to avoid contact with the eyes.
3. Make a natural deodorant
A pleasant-smelling natural deodorant can also be made from citronella essential oil that does not contain the potentially harmful chemicals found in conventional deodorants, such as parabens, aluminum, and propylene glycol.
Parabens, which are generally used as preservatives, can mimic the hormone estrogen that could contribute to breast cancer. A 2004 study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology found that long-term low doses of parabens (which is what humans are typically exposed to) can accumulate intact in the body.
They tested 20 women with breast tumors and found a significant amount of live intact parabens in their tumors. Deodorants have also been linked to health problems, including neurological damage associated with Alzheimer's disease, as well as diseases such as anemia, Lou Gehrig's disease, glucose intolerance, memory problems, and Parkinson's disease.
Fortunately, the wonderful citrus lemon scent of citronella can mask body odor, while its antibacterial properties help eliminate a buildup of bacteria in the armpits that can smell bad.
How to make a citronella oil deodorant?
You will need to:
· 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
· 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder.
· 4 tablespoons of coconut oil.
· 4 drops of lemon essential oil.
· 4 drops of citronella essential oil.
· An empty deodorant container.
· Add the baking soda and arrowroot to a small bowl and mix well.
· Next, add the lemon, citronella oil, and coconut oil, and mix well again.
· Transfer the mixture to the empty deodorant container and place it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
· After that period, it will be ready for use.
4. Fight acne and other skin conditions
Because citronella essential oil has antibacterial properties, it is extremely effective when it comes to fighting bacteria that can cause acne. It can also help heal eczema and dermatitis, slow skin aging, and treat some types of fungal infections, as well as speed up wound healing, get rid of warts, fade age spots, and treat boils.
Citronella is very good for reducing sebum accumulation and treating oily skin. To use it to fight acne, you need to mix five drops of citronella essential oil and one teaspoon of witch hazel in half a cup of water. Use it as a solution to cleanse your face. In addition to fighting acne, it can help the skin look younger and smoother.
5. Natural shampoo and conditioner
Many personal care and beauty products found on store shelves contain a large number of potentially harmful ingredients. In fact, more than 12 toxic ingredients have been found in shampoos and conditioners linked to cancer and other diseases and conditions, including triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, retinyl palmitate, and polyethylene glycol.
You can use citronella essential oil instead, as one of its most popular uses is to cleanse and condition your hair and scalp. It helps remove excess oil while adding shine and fighting dandruff, as it contains antifungal properties that help control scalp infections.
It can help protect hair from sun damage, untangle tough knots, and even add volume to hair. The easiest way to use citronella as a hair cleanser is to mix a few drops with almond oil or coconut oil in its liquid form and then massage the oil into your scalp.
To condition hair, heat about a nickel-sized portion in your palms and then gently rub it into the ends of your hair, without rinsing.
6. Natural household cleaner
Thanks to its powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties, citronella is also an excellent natural cleaner for the home. It can be used to clean the bathroom, kitchen and surfaces without having to resort to harsh chemicals. It is even effective in getting rid of foodborne pathogens and harmful bacteria.
To make an all-purpose citronella cleaning spray, you will need:
· 16 oz spray bottle.
· 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) of additional purified water.
· 1 tablespoon of unscented liquid castile soap.
· 10 drops of pure tea tree oil.
· 5-10 drops of citronella essential oil.
Fill your spray bottle with the purified water. Add the liquid castile soap, the tea tree oil, and the citronella essential oil. If you still have room, fill the bottle all the way with additional purified water. Replace the lid, then shake well to combine.