Botanical Name: Cymbopogon nardus
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Perfumery Note: Top
Aroma Strength: Medium
Aroma: Citrusy (similar to lemongrass), slightly fruity, fresh, sweet.
Use: Excessive perspiration, fatigue, headache, insect repellant, oily skin. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 58-67.]
Constituents: Geraniol, citronellal. [B. Lawrence, "Citronella Oil," Perfumer & Flavorist, June/July 1985, 27, cited in Salvatore Battaglia, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (Australia: The Perfect Potion, 1997), 155]
Cautions: Possible sensitization. [Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 205.] Lawless says to avoid Citronella during pregnancy. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 134.]
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