Ceylon Citronella

Latin Name

Cymbopogon nardus

Family

Poaceae (Gramineae)

Chemotype

Geraniol

Distilled Component

Leaves

Traditionally Known Properties

Anti-infective. Mild antibacterial. Antifungal. Anti-inflammatory. Room deodorant and antiseptic. Powerful mosquito repellant.

Precautions

Avoid during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Potential skin irritant if not diluted.

Anecdote

The Cymbopogon genus comprises about 50 Asian species. Some have long been introduced and naturalized throughout the intertropical world because of their superior aromatic, culinary and medicinal properties. Citronella is a spice widely used in traditional Indian and Thai cuisine. The Ceylon type of Citronella is the most widely sold in the world. Insects cannot stand its scent, which makes it an excellent repellent.