Essential Oil: Citronella
This is a kind of grass which is grown in a few islands of the South Pacific and in some Asian countries. This has been named Citronella because of the fresh, lemon smell that is produced from the grass. There are two types of this grass from which the essential oil is extracted. One is from the Java region and its scientific name is Cymbopogon Winterianus and the essential ingredients of this oil are citronellal, geraniol, geranyl acetate and limonene. The other one is grown in the Ceylon region and its scientific name is Cymbopogon Nardus. The essential ingredients of this oil are methyl isoeugenol, geraniol, citronellol, citronellal and limonene. The oil is extracted by a process that requires the plant to be steam distilled. Indonesia and China are considered the major producers of this variety of oil. In a few other countries, the oil is produced in smaller quantities.
The oil is an antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory substance. It is also used as a deodorant, insect repellent, stimulant, tonic and vermifuge. It is also used to flavor foods and there are many medical benefits that are listed here.
Citronella has a tonic property which means that the essential oil of citronella has a toning effect on the body. The oil tones up excretion, digestion, the brain and the nervous system and at the same time makes the body strong and immune.
The essential oil of Citronella has a stimulating effect on blood circulation, secretions and discharges like enzymes and hormones. It also increases the activity in the nervous system of the brain.
Citronella is useful in removing intestinal worms. One should give it to children in mild doses as they are prone to these kind of worms. This oil is highly effective on tape worms and round worms. These worms cause a lot of harm on the physical and mental growth, by affecting the nutrient absorbing qualities of the body. You can improve your quality of life by removing such parasites, with the help of this oil.
The lemony aroma of the oil removes bad body odor and is typically used for body sprays and deodorants. One can also use it while bathing by mixing it in bath water.
This oil is good for those suffering from depression and provides relief from depression, anxiety, and negative feelings.
Citronella essential oil reduces inflammation, particularly in situations which include the liver, stomach, intestines and other parts of the digestive system.
This oil inhibits fungal growth by killing the fungus. This is highly useful when it comes to infections in the nose, throat and ears by treating the fungal infections common to these parts of the body.
The oil contains antiseptic properties and it helps in fighting infections in open wounds, as well as in the urethra, urinary tracts, kidneys and prostate. At the same time, it protects these organs from becoming sepsis. The use of this oil leads to sweating, which is good for removing toxins from the body.
Apart from all these benefits, one should keep in mind to not use it on children or pregnant women. If it consumed in high concentration, then it is said to cause dermatitis or skin irritation.
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