Young Living – Citronella Essential Oil




Citronella oil is steam distilled from the leafy parts of the citronella plant, also known as Cymbopogon nardus. Thanks to its fresh, welcoming aroma, Citronella essential oil is a common element in perfumes and cosmetic products and is well known for its use in outdoor candles, sprays, lotions, and other camping and outdoor essentials.

As a relative of Lemongrass, Citronella has a slight citrus scent that provides a pleasant and inviting experience whenever it’s used. Its versatility makes it a great household product to add to your beauty routine or to refresh indoor and outdoor spaces.


Historical Uses: This oil belongs to the same family of aromatic, oil-rich tropical grasses as lemongrass and palmarosa. It has been used as an insecticide and for rheumatic problems or other aches and pains. The leaves of citronella have been utilized by many diverse cultures for fever, intestinal parasites, digestive and menstrual problems, and as a stimulant. This oil is hardly used alone in therapy, but because of its highly antiseptic and deodorizing properties, it is used a great deal in commercial preparations and in some aromatherapy blends.

Possible Use: INSECT REPELLENT, colds, fatigue, flu, HEADACHES, minor infections, migraines, neuralgia, excessive perspiration, and OILY SKIN. Can be used as an antiseptic to sanitize and deodorize surfaces where food has been prepared. Combined with cedarwood, it makes an excellent insect repellent.

Application: Dilute, and apply directly on AREA of concern; DIFFUSE.

Other possible uses:
• Apply topically before and during outdoor activities.
• Use Citronella’s bright scent to sweeten a custom fragrance or diffusion blend.
• Apply topically to refresh and moisturize skin.
• Use as an alternative to deodorant. Combine with Tea Tree essential oil for added strength.
• Create a DIY floating candle bowl to create a peaceful ambiance and pleasant aroma during outdoor parties.