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Benefits of Citronella - Where to Buy Lemongrass Oil

Updated on May 25, 2011

In Chinese Medicine, citronella oil or lemongrass oil has been widely used for treatment of severe rheumatic pain and to ease off arthritic troubles. Chinese medicine has also acknowledged this herbal grass oil for its activating properties of both physical and mental aspects. Moreover, lemongrass oil or citronella oil provides an interesting flavor to many Chinese recipes and dishes. It is a prominent natural medicine in the long list of Chinese herbs. It is interesting to note that citronella is also known as lemongrass and as its name implies it has a slightly sweet and lemony flavor. Besides being lemony and sweet, there are many other beneficial powers and excellent medicinal benefits of this natural herb citronella. The already famous lemongrass oil or citronella essential oil is made up out of its leaves and stems. Botanically, citronella is known as Cymbopogon nardus and its origination is from tropical Asia. This slightly sweet and lemony lemongrass oil was generally recognized as an insect repellant, but due to its valuable benefits to mental and physical health for people, it has become their favorite. Lemongrass or citronella is a plant of the grass family and is a perennial grass that is hard and tall. This grass is lime green in color and is almost 1 to 1-1/2 meter high. Lemongrass has elongated leaves and flowers in their natural state.

History and Symbolism of Citronella Oil or Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass is originally from Sri Lanka and it became popular all over the world in the 19th century. The lemongrass oil was known as Oleum Siree when it was exported for the first time to Europe. Sri Lanka was the main center of lemongrass oil production until 1890 when Java started production of this oil of better quality. In 1900s, lemongrass oil that was exported to other countries contained more of geraniol (natural alcohol) and had much stronger smell, but then the lemongrass oil was adulterated and Sri Lanka has to reduce its price. Use of lemongrass oil in wax candles has been very common because it repels insects and mosquitoes. Citronella oil is largely used in soaps, perfumes, skin lotions, detergents, deodorants, cosmetic products and also paints.

Origin and distribution of Citronella

Citronella or lemongrass is primarily grown in Java and Sri Lanka as mentioned above, but nowadays it is also found in Madagascar, Burma, South America, and Guatemala.

Extraction of Lemongrass Essential Oil:

Citronella essential oil is extracted through distillation of dry grass in preference to fresh grass as the latter requires too much fuel and its aroma is less pleasant.

11 Benefits of Lemongrass or Citronella Oil

  1. Citronella oil is used by various Natural Medicine groups namely Chinese Medicine, Western Herbal Medicine and Indian Ayurvedic Medicine to treat many types of infections and fever.
  2. Recent studies have confirmed anti-depression properties of citronella oil.
  3. Citronella oil helps in fighting tiredness and fatigue.
  4. Lemongrass oil is good for clarifying and enlivening the mind removing headaches, neuralgias, and migraines.
  5. Citronella oil helps in calming down depression and anxiety.
  6. Also citronella or lemongrass oil contains antiseptic, antibacterial, and deodorant properties.
  7. Citronella oil is also used widely as an anti-moth insecticide and parasiticide.
  8. Citronella oil or lemongrass essential oil has also been found effective in regulating excessive sweating as well as skin and body fat.
  9. This wonder oil works as a general body tonic which not only balances the heart and circulation system but also stimulates the nervous system.
  10. Lemongrass oil is beneficial during periods of convalescence to recover the spirit and balance.
  11. This oil helps in alleviation of gastrointestinal complaints including stomach cramps, indigestion, acidity, etc.

Benefits of citronella lemongrass oil
Benefits of citronella lemongrass oil
HubMob Weekly Topic : Natural & Alternative Health soni2006's Hub #3
HubMob Weekly Topic : Natural & Alternative Health soni2006's Hub #3


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      6 years ago

      You have written here that citronella oil is the same as lemograss oil. They are totally different. For more information visit this website:

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      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hello Nirmal, I am just providing information on lemongrass oil via this hub and selling it online and not offline. You have mentioned your mail id and cell no. and if there will be any lemongrass oil importer or buyer, he/she will definitely contact you.

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      nirmal gaire 

      8 years ago

      i want to supply lemongrass oil so plz contect me or give me your company mailing to i supply to you my mailng address is or my calling number is 9841150258.

      i hope you will mail me.

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      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot for your visit and comment Lyria. Aromatherapy essential oils are beneficial for our physical and mental health and should be applied to keep ourselves mentally fit and physical fine. We should find some time for these things out of our busy schedules.

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      8 years ago

      I had no idea of the many things lemongrass oil could improve! I love to use essential oils for aromatherapy and in lotions for the body. Nice hub!

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      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much Sage Williams for going through this hub. You are a real sage as your name implies because you can understand the power and beneficial properties mother nature has provided us via these herbs, plants, and grass. I think still we have not totally explored all the good things nature has provided us. I think still there are thousands of plants out there in the dense forests like Amazon, etc. which are are yet to be discovered for their beneficial properties. I wish that in my lifetime I am able to get to know about new discoveries of herbs and plants which are beneficial for our health in one way or another. I will keep on writing more and more hubs on this brilliant gift of God because whenever I complete writing a hub on a herb and then publish it, I feel really great inside my body. I feel really calm and peaceful because I feel like I am in hands of Nature in hands of God. Thank you God for giving us such a beautiful life and helping us with herbs in times of pains and sorrows.

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      Sage Williams 

      8 years ago

      Wow! you are a storehouse of knowledge. I learned so much. You write with amazing clarity, so easy to follow and understand. I never knew that lemon grass oil was the same as citronella oil nor did I realize it's beneficial powers and medicinal benefits.

      This one is a definite share, know several friends who suffer with arthritis. Bookmarked and Rated up.

      Congratulations on your 400th hub. I am anxious to read more.

      Many Thanks,



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