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Citronella
Amazing benefits and uses of citronella

Mosquito season calls for citronella!
In the hot months following the rains, when the mosquitoes rule
the outdoors, it's time to reach for your
citronella essential oil.

While most preppers will associate citronella essential oil with its
insect repelling properties, it is also important in prepping as an

analgesic
, antifungal, antiparasitic, antiseptic and more. One
weird use of citronella is to combat oily skin and hair! Discover
the amazing benefits and uses of citronella and learn how to
make a citronella oil lamp...

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Know the difference between citronella lamp
    oil and citronella essential oil. See the bottom of the page.

Benefits and Uses of citronella
Every prepper should own a little bottle of citronella. Here's how
to use citronella around the homestead:

Citronella use #1: Repels pests (insecticide).
Using citronella in prepping can take many forms, but the top use
of citronella is as an insecticide for mosquitoes.

Now, an insecticide doesn't necessarily kill, but it can harm, repel
or otherwise mitigate one or more species of insects. Citronella
repels them in a weird way. It confuses them, so they go away!
They loose the human scent they were after.

While
citronella is an excellent natural barrier to mosquitoes, it
also repels fleas, and other pests. According to the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency,
citronella also repels midges and flies. Citronella essential oil is
an antiparasitic effective for dealing with such ectoparasites
(parasites that live off skin).

Many commercial insect repellents contain Citronella Ceylon, and
it's usually mixed with cedarwood to give you a pleasant smelling
natural insect repellent. Citronella is safe, effective method to
keep your home, patio or yard bug-free, all season long. Skip the
harmful pesticides or insecticides and give citronella a go.

  • HOW TO USE CITRONELLA AS AN INSECTICIDE: Citronella is  
    effective with ectoparasites that live off the skin, such as
    mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, mites and lice. Here are the
    different ways to repel them:

  • Repel mosquitoes by wearing citronella essential oil. Wear
    an amulet of citronella to keep mosquitoes away from you,
    for example. The essential oil amulet, right, is a fun way to
    wear your citronella. Just soak the colorful pads in citronella
    and insert the disc into the amulet. You can also set a
    diffuser with a few drops of citronella oil at bedtime to sleep
    peacefully without the buzz of mosquitoes at your head.

  • Combat mosquitoes flies and other pests with citronella.
    Combine citronella in equal parts with lemongrass in a water
    spray bottle and shake. You can then spray the perimeter
    your home (doors and windows) to discourage mosquitoes
    from entering your home. Spray outside on the patio
    furniture. Also you can diffuse citronella into the air to
    promote a mosquito-free environment. Generally the
    effectiveness will wear of in a couple of hours, so refresh as
    insect repellent by reapplying every 30-60 minutes or so.

  • Get rid of lice with citronella. Add a drop of citronella to you
    your palm with the shampoo to add volume to your hair and
    simultaneously get rid of the lice.

  • Use citronella with pets for ticks and fleas: Diffuse ten
    drops of citronella in a glass spray bottle with water to get
    rid of ticks and fleas on your pets.

Citronella essential oil is extremely effective against mosquitoes
and other pesky insects, but it has a myriad of other surprising
uses.

Citronella use #2: Aches and pains (analgesic).
An unusual use of citronella essential oil is for arthritic relief.
Citronella can relieve muscle and joint pain ~ it's very therapeutic
for sore muscles and joints, as well as arthritis, but beware that it
may irritate sensitive skin or cause dermatitis.

Right is
Biofinest Citronella oil. They recommend adding ten drops
for a massage with your favorite
carrier oil. With purchase you get
a free ebook guide worth $37 ~ exclusive access to Biofinest
comprehensive essential oil guide "100 Ways To Use Essential
Oil". It's printable and beginner friendly!

  • HOW TO USE CITRONELLA AS AN ANALGESIC MUSCLE RUB: When you
    use citronella with a carrier oil (for example, jojoba oil) you
    can help soothe muscle and joint pain. Mix two or three drops
    of citronella in the palm of your hand with coconut oil or your
    favorite carrier oil for a gentle massage. Alternatively, soak
    your feet in warm water and a few drops to ease ankle pains
    or reduce swelling.

Citronella use #3: Digestive (antiparasitic).
Citronella helps clean the liver and can help with the nasty
problem of parasites, or so says the ancient medicinal practice of
aryuvedic medicine . As antiparasitic, citronella effectively treats
parasites, which generally come from an unbalanced gut flora. A
type of parasite called helminths can take over if you have a
weakened immune system. Helminths are worms, such as
flatworms, tapeworms, ringworms, and roundworms.

Citronella is an antiparasitic against bacteria, yeasts, fungi, and
viruses. You can use citronella essential oil to help alleviate
inflammation in the liver, stomach and digestive tract. According
to
Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine for a Modern World, by Dr.
Josh Axe, Ty Bollinger and Jordan Rubin, right, a 2003 research
article found citronella effectively expels parasitic worms, as well
as bugs and leeches. WebMD.com confirms, "
Citronella oil is used
to expel worms or other parasites from the intestines."

  • HOW TO USE CITRONELLA TO TREAT PARASITES: Massage citronella
    to the abdomen about two drops with a carrier oil at night.
    (Jojoba, grapeseed, olive, or almond oil go well with
    citronella.) Repeat until parasitic symptoms alleviate.
  • Other antiparasitic essential oils include:

NOTE: Citronella essential oils are generally not food-grade.

Citronella use #5: Facial or hair tonic (antiseptic).
Like many essentials oils, citronella is an antiseptic that's great
for oily skin to get rid of the bacteria causing acne. It can also
control the oiliness in your hair.

  • HOW TO USE CITRONELLA AS A FACIAL TONIC: Dilute
    citronella essential oil in water after a bath and use as a
    facial tonic.

  • HOW TO USE CITRONELLA FOR YOUR HAIR: Or add it to your
    shampoo to add volume to your hair.

Citronella Use #6: Deodorant (antibacterial).
An odd and under-appreciated use of citronella is as a deodorant.
What makes citronella an excellent deodorant is because of its
antibacterial properties. It kills the bad smelling bacteria.  

The oil of citronella has been a component of soaps, candles,
perfumes and other cosmetics. Citronella gives a deodorant a
fresh citrus scent with woody undertones that neutralizes odors
along with the proven insect control of citronella.

  • Homemade deodorant. While you can mix a few drops of
    citronella with coconut oil or another carrier oil to create a
    home made deodorant, many people use citronella in a
    method called "neat." In using an essential oil neat, you
    apply the oil directly to the skin. This method isn't for
    everyone, since the essential oil can cause a reaction for
    highly sensitive individuals. Then again, the oils from the
    carrier might help alleviate the problem, you may be left with
    a stain. In either case, you could look to a commercial
    solution, such as Incognito Citronella Deodorant.

  • Commercial citronella deodorant. Pictured right is
    Incognito, a natural crystal insect-repelling deodorant made
    with citronella. It contains only natural mineral salts (alum),
    water and organic citronella. Note that alum is not the same
    thing as aluminum. There is no aluminum as with other
    deodorants. With it you can stay fresh and keep away
    mosquitoes and insects.

Citronella use #7: Refresh a room.
With citronella essential oil you can get a fresh scent and keep
the dust mites, lice and mosquitoes away simultaneously.

  • HOW TO USE CITRONELLA ESSENTIAL OIL TO FRESHEN A ROOM:
  • Add ten drops of citronella essential oil in glass spray bottle
    (never plastic) and mist the carpets and upholstery.
  • Soak a cotton ball with citronella essential oil and nestle in
    the linens for a fresh and yet calming scent.

Citronella use #8: Clear the mind, ease headaches.
Citronella has the natural power to help you get over a tension
headache and may even offer relief for a migraine.

  • HOW TO USE CITRONELLA TO REDUCE TENSION HEADACHES:  
    To clear the mind and help reduce tension headaches, you
    can either diffuse the essential oil or apply a drop of the oil
    at your temples along with a carrier oil.

Citronella use #9: Calm a fever with Citronella.
Citronella has peaceful and calming properties as a sedative, but
it can help relieve a fever.

  • HOW TO USE CITRONELLA TO REDUCE A FEVER: Dilute citronella
    essential oil in water and dip a cloth into the water. Use the
    comforting wet cloth on the forehead. After you're finished
    cooling the patient at the forehead, you can use the same
    cloth to wipe and cool the feet.

Make a Citronella Oil Lamp
Did you know you can use citronella as fuel for an oil lamp. Right
is an adorable an inexpensive
blue lantern that burns kerosene,
lamp oil, citronella or liquid paraffin! If you use the citronella oil
then you will deter the pesky mosquitoes naturally.
For this lamp you'll need things a prepper already has:

  • Quality mason jar, canning ring and lid
  • Wick
  • Tools ~ Awl, hammer tape
  • Citronella lamp oil ~ Important note: Citronella lamp oil is
    not the same as citronella essential oil. You can use olive oil
    with citronella essential oil to make an oil lamp. Read more
    about citronella lamp oil below...
More things to known about citronella...

There are three different kinds of citronella oils!
IMPORTANT: Use citronella as fuel for an oil lamp, but be sure to
get the right kind, and don't think that citronella essential oil is
the same thing as citronella lamp oil, and even then, be aware
that there are different kinds of citronella lamp oils.

  • Citronella Clean Fuel lamp oil (clear), pictured immediate
    right, is longer Burning than Paraffin Lamp Oil. This is the
    formula that repels mosquitoes and it's  fuel that's clean
    burning and virtually odorless. Clean fuel citronella lamp oil
    is not for use on Tiki lamps, tabletop fireplaces, effusion
    lamps or catalytic lamps that require gel fuel or alcohol
    based fuel. It is also not for use on humans.

  • Island Lights Outdoor Citronella lamp oil (yellow) is a mix of
    5% citronella and 95% petroleum base, and it's not for
    internal use, which is why it features a large skull and cross
    bones on the packaging! It's also for outdoor use only.

  • Citronella essential oil and olive oil (home made recipe).
    You can mix your favorite citronella essential oil with olive
    oil. For a potent mix, try ten to twenty drops of citronella
    essential oil

Bugging out or camping in bear country?
A citronella essential oil is wonderful for repelling mosquitoes,
but when you are in bear country, you'll need to avoid citronella
and any products containing citronella! Bears have an affinity to
such smells and will seek you out.

Citronella is an antifungal.
A lesser known fact about citronella is that it's an antifungal.
Specifically, Dr. Joseph Mercola says that "
citronella has potent
antifungal properties that help suppress the growth of fungi
species, such as Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Eurotium."

So Citronella is an antifungal and you can use it to decrease
certain types of rashes, but should you? Probably not! Other more
effective essential oils that are antifungals include neem oil,
cinnamon leaf extract, and clove leaf extract.

The unusual thing about citronella is that it can cause a rash in
some people, but it can also cure a rash in others. Generally, it's
considered an allergen that can cause skin irritation and you
should keep it away from children under six months, and you
should not use it if you are pregnant or nursing.

So it's not a recommended antifungal for humans. It's best for
plants! Citronella is also a
safe and effective fungicide for certain
crops.

Happy endings...
Citronella essential oil is nice to have around the homestead.
Now that you know some of the benefits and uses of citronella,
you may like to learn about other essential oils.

Use the herbal aromas of essential oils to infuse your home as
well as your soul. Soothe, cure, and revitalize sore muscles and
tired minds using nature's finest ingredients.

Related are these essential oil articles you may like...

  • NOTE: The International Federation of Aromatherapists does
    NOT recommend that essential oils be taken internally,
    unless under the supervision of a Medical Doctor who is also
    qualified in clinical Aromatherapy.

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