Citronella Essential Oil

We all remember the smell of citronella from childhood? Backyard barbecues, baseball games and not a pest in sight.


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Citronella essential oil comes from the leafy parts of the citronella plant. Its fresh, welcoming aroma makes citronella a common element in perfumes as well as cosmetic products. Perhaps the most familiar use of citronella is in outdoor candles, sprays, lotions, and other camping and outdoor essentials.

What It’s For

As a relative of lemongrass, citronella has a slightly citrus scent that provides a lively aroma when diffused. It has unique cleansing properties, making it an excellent choice to apply to minor cuts and scrapes. Certain constituents in citronella ease muscle spasms when applied topically. Probably the most notable use for citronella is as an air freshener. The sharp, crisp aroma chases away other odors while uplifting the environment.

Constituent Highlight

Citronella is a plant that has been used for centuries to control pests in gardens. The monoterpenes citral and 1,8-cineole are eco-friendly chemicals that bugs hate. 

Who Should Use Citronella Essential Oil

Citronella is a great oil to reach for when you want to bring purification to a room. Diffuse it or apply it topically to uplift and repel negativity. Many people apply citronella to dogs and horses to deodorize. You may also want to consider using it in your garden to deter rodents, cats, and other pests. Check out this Horse & Livestock Cooling Spray with citronella!

Companion Product

For hot summer days, combine a few drops of citronella with your Mineral Sunscreen lotion.

Don’t Have Citronella Essential Oil?

Because they are in the same family, lemongrass may be a suitable substitute.

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