Citronella – Ceylon (Cymbopogon nardus)


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A tall perennial grass native to Sri Lanka, growing to about 1 metre in height, and capable of living up to 15 years, due to an extensive root system. During regular cultivation, the plants normally replaced after 5 years. Harvesting will begin five to six months after the plants begin to grow, and every months after that. Normally in the early hours of the morning and finishing by noon. During the harvesting and cutting of the leaves, an approx. 15cm (from the ground) plant stock remains to regenerate for the months ahead. The leaves are then left to wither for 24hrs before the steam distillation takes place.

Being one of the important essential oils that is extracted from aromatic grasses. This oil is used extensively as a source of important perfumery chemicals like citronellol, citronellal and geraniol, which finds its extensive use in soap, perfumery, cosmetic and flavouring industries throughout the world. The Ceylon oil has more methyl iso eugenol which is a pyrethrum synergist – enhancing pyrethrum’s properties.

FACT : ┬áCitronella and its essential oil have been in use for more than a thousand years and were used as one of the oldest effective insect repellent. Citronella is usually planted in home gardens to ward off insects such as whitefly adults. Its cultivation enables growing some vegetables (e.g. tomatoes and broccoli) without applying pesticides. Careful planning is required as Citronella’s roots system can be quite aggressive. Another popular blend, Citronella with Cedarwood oil Virginia, has been a popular remedy against mosquito attacks for many years prior to DDT and other modern insecticides.

Blends Well With

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Cedarwood Himalayan (Cedrus deodara)
Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum)
Clove Bud (Syzygium aromaticum)
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
Eucalyptus – Australiana (Eucalyptus radiata)
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lemon (Citrus limon)
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)
Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
Myrtle (Myrtus communis)
Orange – Sweet (Citrus sinensis)
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
Peppermint (Mentha X piperita)
Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium amara)
Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Plai (Zingiber cassumunar)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Spearmint (Mentha spicata linne)
Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)
Vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

Aromatic Families

Herbal, Lemon-like


Sweet, fresh, and lemony, with a soft grassy/green undertone; has a sweet and somewhat woody dryout.

Aromatic Note


Certificate of Analysis


Low risk of skin sensitisation.

Additional information

Bottle Size

5mL, 10mL, 50mL, 100mL

Important Notes: Information on the traditional uses and properties of herbs and essential oils are provided on this site for historical and educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. If you have any serious health concerns, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs or essential oils.

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