Citronella Essential Oil
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(Cymbopogon nardus)GC/MS Key Constituents:
Plant Origin: Ceylon
Extraction Method: Steam distilled from grass
Selah oil blends that contain Citronella essential oil:
According to a study by E.M. Boyd, citronella oil has expectorant effects when inhaled (Schnaubelt, 40).
As an insecticide, deodorant, tonic, stimulant (Worwood, 399).
Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, cold, fatigue, fever, fleas, flu, foot odor, headache, indoor air freshener, insecticide, insect repellant, intestinal parasites, oily skin (Althea Press, 311).
Effective repellent against lice in double-blind study conducted on 198 children in four elementary schools in Israel (Buckle, 345).
Insect repellent [mosquitoes and head lice], deodorant, perspirations, increases energy, colds, influenza, depression (Purchon, 50).
Rheumatism, insect repellent (Davis).
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Topical: Apply to affected area as desired.
Ok for children 2+ with proper dilution.
Pregnancy safe with extra dilution.
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Inhalation: Diffuse or rub a drop on palms and inhale.
Generally regarded as safe (GRAS) by the FDA
Internal: Although the quality of Selah Oils is excellent, it is not advised to take essential oils internally unless under the guidance of a certified physician who is also certified in aromatherapy. We recommend getting internal dosing instructions from a licensed physician as some essential oils are not recommended for oral consumption. This is in no way a reflection on our oil quality, only a matter of safety and caution with respect to how concentrated essential oils are. When used within safe parameters, and under your physician's care, the quality of our essential oils is such that they can be used internally if deemed appropriate.
However, with that said, it is important to remember the extreme concentration of essential oils. "Using essential oils by rubbing them into the skin or via inhalation is in many cases more effective than oral delivery" (Schnaubelt 96).
All cautions listed for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion.
All cautions listed for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion.It is not advised to take essential oils internally unless under the guidance of a licensed physician who is also certified in aromatherapy.
Repeated use can result in extreme contact sensitization.
Can irritate sensitive skin.
Inhaling citronella can increase the heart rate.
If for any reason you get essential oils in your eyes, put carrier oil along the eyebrows above the eyes and on the cheekbones below the eyes.
Do not put essential oils inside your ear canal.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Schnaubelt, Kurt Ph.D., Advanced Aromatherapy (1995).
Worwood, Valerie. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy (1991).
Althea Press. Essential oils, Natural Remedies: The Complete A-Z Reference of Essential Oils for Health and Healing (2015).
Purchon, Nerys and Lora Cantele. The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oil Handbook for Everyday Wellness (2014).
Buckle, Jane. Clinical Aromatherapy Essential Oils in Practice (2003).
Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z (2000).
Higley, Connie & Alan. Reference Guide for Essential Oils (2012).
Tisserand, Robert. Essential Oil Safety, Second Ed. (2014).
Schnaubelt, Kurt Ph.D., Advanced Aromatherapy (1995), p. 96.
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