About the Plant: A tall perennial grass native to Sri Lanka, growing to about 1 meter in height, and capable of living up to 15 years, due to an extensive root system. During regular cultivation, the plants normally replaced after 5 years. Harvesting will begin five to six months after the plants begin to grow, and every month after that. Normally in the early hours of the morning and finishing by noon. During the harvesting and cutting of the leaves, an approx. 15cm (from the ground) plant stock remains to regenerate for the months ahead. The leaves are then left to wither for 24hrs before the distillation takes place.
Used For: One of the important essential oils extracted from aromatic grasses is citronella oil obtained from citronella grass. This oil is used extensively as a source of important perfumery chemicals like citronellol, citronellal and geranial, which finds its extensive use in soap, perfumery, cosmetic and flavoring industries throughout the world. The Ceylon oil has more methylisoeugenol which is a pyrethrum synergist – enhancing pyrethrum’s properties.
Citronella oil helps to clear the mind and has a general toning and tonic effect on the body. It is beneficial for boosting the immune system against colds, flu, fevers, and minor infections, as well as reducing fever, as well as abdominal, menstrual and indigestion upsets. Aids in clearing the nervous system of fatigue, headaches, migraines, and basically clearing the mind. It may be used for combating excessive perspiration and for balancing oily skin. Citronella is most well known for its use as an aromatic and effective insect repellent
How to use essential oils:
- Diffuse: Use a few drops in your essential oil diffuser.
- Internal: Do your research! Use 1 drop to 4 oz of water.
- Topical: Dilute 1-2 drops with carrier oil and rub on desired areas.
Blends well with: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary and Tea Tree.
Plant Part: Leaf, Grass