Citronella Java, Safety Data Sheet
Botanical Name: Cymbopogon Winterianus
Plant Part: Leaves
Origin: Sri Lanka
Extraction Method: Steam
Plant Description: Citronella oil is extracted from a resilient grass (Cymbopogon nardus) native to Sri Lanka and Java. It is a very aromatic perennial that grows approximately 1 meter (3 feet) in height.
Color: Yellow Brown
Aromatic Fragrance: Citronella Java has a well rounded lemon citrus scent, though it is much softer than actual Lemon. It also has subtle wood tones
Common Applications: Citronella Java is credited with having therapeutic properties as an antiseptic, deodorant, insecticide, parasitic, tonic and as a stimulant. Nonetheless, most people will associate it with its insecticide properties. Many commercial repellents contain Citronella Java, and it is often used in combination with Cedarwood to produce a pleasant smelling natural insect repellent. It will also be seen in soaps and candles, and it has common applications in massage. This oil can also help with minor infection, but is more commonly known for its ability to assist in combating colds and flu. Citronella can also be used for excessive perspiration and for conditioning oily skin and hair.
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Storage Directions: Essential Oils should be stored in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight. Essential Oils should be stored in colored glass, the most common storage method being used today are Boston Round Bottles in the amber tint.
Blends Well With: Citronella Java blends well with most oils, but specifically well with Bergamot, Bitter Orange, Cedarwood, Geranium, Lemon, Orange, Lavender and Pine
Cautions: Citronella may irritate sensitive skin. It may be sensitizing to those with hay fever. Avoid use during pregnancy.