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Citronella
Botanical Name Cymbopogon nardus
Origin Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Southern Asia
Description Citronella grows wild in Sri Lanka and other Tropical areas. It is used almost extensively as an insect repellant. It is especially good as a mosquito repellant.
Extraction Steam distillation from the grass
Fragrance  
Properties Anti-bacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-spasmodic, Deodorant, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Febrifuge, Fungicidal, Tonic, Diaphoretic, Vermifuge, Stomachic
Aromatherapy Use Stimulating, vitalizing, purifying
Medicinal Uses

Stimulant. Antiseptic (can be used to sanitize food-preparation areas) and insect repellant. Also repels some animals, such as cats

Other Uses Massage, diffuser
Emotions, Psyche:  
Safety Info It increases the heart rate, so should be avoided or used with caution by people with heart problems. Avoid during pregnancy. Possibly irritating to some people.


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