Citronella Java

Citronella Java Cymbopogon winterianus citronelliferum essential oil can be found in many products to fight off pests, such as mosquitoes. You will also find Citronella Cymbopogon nardus. There is no documented testing on the essential oil. This may be the reason that companies carry Citronella Java.

The therapeutic properties include as an anti-infectious, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, anti-spasmodic, deodorant, fungicidal as well as other uses listed throughout the article. (1)

Essential oils are comprised of chemical families. Within these chemical families are the chemical components (constituents). The components within an oil is what creates the aroma as well as the therapeutic properties (action) of an oil.

The aroma in Citronella is an intense lemon with sweet, woodsy undertones. Citronella is considered a top-note in the fragrancy industry. The “notes” of essential oils are the various evaporation rates that they go through; top, middle and base notes with “in between” notes. Aromatically, blending oils with the three notes lends beautiful aromas evaporating at various rates, slowly and slightly changing the aroma over time.

Although Citronella has been tested non-toxic, it may induce an allergic reaction. There have been many reports of contact sensitization and dermatitis with Citronella. However, taking proper steps, you can avoid these issues.

Along with your carrier oil, add one teaspoon of vitamin E oil, an antioxidant, as added protection for those with sensitive skin. The standard dilution rates outlined by Robert Tisserand for Citronella is listed below. I recommend starting low and work up to your maximum. Your threshold may be 2% and not need to use the maximum of 5%. The maximum percentages listed is for those that have normal healthy skin. Although 0.5% is recommended for 3-24 months, because weight and health of the baby plays an important role in usage, you would have to use such a minute amount, it would be void of much therapeutic action. In this case, I would turn to an oil that is considered safer for this age. Essential oils should never be used on premature babies. (2)

3-24 months 2-6 yrs. 6-15 yrs. 15+ Pregnancy

0.5% 2% 3% 5% 2%