Citronella oil is an essential oil that’s made from the distillation of the Asian grass plant in the Cymbopogon genus. This fragrant grass got its name from the French word meaning “lemon balm,” due to its floral, citrus-like aroma.
Like many essential oils, citronella oil has certain benefits, and has been used in China and Indonesia for centuries to treat rashes, infections, and other health conditions.
Today, citronella oil is probably best known as a natural insect repellant, but its uses and benefits extend beyond keeping bugs at bay.
Benefits of citronella oil
For centuries, citronella has been used for a variety of purposes, including:
as an insect repellent
as an antifungal agent
to treat parasitic infections
to promote wound healing
to lift mood or fight fatigue
in perfumes or as a flavor additive in food