Common English Name: Citronella.
Botanical Name: Cymbopogon nardus.
Plant Family: Poaceae.
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation of the grass.
Origin: Indigenous to Sri Lanka; other species of Cymbopogon (also marketed as citronella) may be cultivated elsewhere.
Plant Description: A tall, perennial grass that is very aromatic.
Main Chemical Components: Terpinoids and alcohols (citronellol and geraniol).
Blends Well With: Lemon, bergamot, orange, and geranium essential oils; carrier oils.
Uses: Oily skin, uplifting.
Fun Fact: Research has shown that citronella oil can be used to calm barking dogs.
Cautions for Use: Do not use during pregnancy. Possible skin irritation in some people.