Citronella Oil, Some Uses

Citronella Oil, Some Uses

CitronellaGrassThis is a great oil. Citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus) has a lemony ginger scent to it. The oil is made from the leaves of the lemongrass plant that is often used in Asian cooking. It makes you look forward to warm summer nights out on the patio.

Aromatic influences: Light, soft, clarifying. Lightens heavy emotional burdens and encourages hopefulness.

Combines well with:

Geranium, Lemon, Bergamot, Orange, Cedarwood, Pine Needles

Ways to use it

  • G.R.A.S.
  • Best oil to repel mosquitoes.
  • Provides gentle nurturing during periods of self-doubt.
  • citronella drawingCan help relieve arthritis pain.
  • Non-toxic
  • Can be a moderate irritant and sensitizer so avoid using in a bath or massage if you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin.
  • Avoid using if pregnant.
  • Can be used to help keep cats away from plant tubs.
  • Can help you go to sleep. Has mild sedative properties.
  • Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel. That’s a great way to get started.


Here are a few recipes involving Citronella oil. To check for more, you can click on Citronella in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

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Lift Spirits, Relieve Anxiety

  • 4 drops Citronella
  • 2 drops Neroli
  • 4 drops Sandalwood
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Mix formula together and massage into neck and shoulders. (5)

Enable Clear Thinking Massage

  • 4 drops Citronella
  • 2 drops Patchouli
  • 4 drops Bergamot
  • 1 drop Peppermint
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Gently massage formula into areas where you store tension. (5)

apr_17_1049_mosquitoMosquito Repellent

  • 4 drops Citronella
  • 2 drops Patchouli
  • 4 drops Cedarwood
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Apply as an insect repellent to exposed areas of skin.

Citronella 2Ease Physical Exhaustion Bath

  • 2 drops Citronella
  • 4 drops Myrtle
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba

Add to a warm/hot bath and soak for 20 – 30 minutes. Can also dissolve oils into 1 cup epsom salts then add to bath to help remove skin impurities. (5)

Boost Sluggish Digestive System

  • 4 drops Citronella
  • 6 drops Spearmint
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba

Apply blend to abdomen twice a day, using gentle clockwise strokes. Also useful when treating indigestion. (5)

Other suggestions

Here is what our RMO family members are saying about it on facebook:

  • KM: “Mixed with Cedarwood makes an awesome insect repellent:)”
  • AG: “I put it around my flowerbeds to keep all sorts of critters away, including cats.”
  • JB: “I use it with Cedarwood and Tea Trea and Lavender in my home made multi purpose cleaner.”
  • SG: “I drop it on my outside window sills during the summer to keep bugs out of my house.”

And finally,

Citronella is a great oil for many things. We would love to hear from you about this oil. Please share in the comment section below!

Citronella oil


  1. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  2. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  3. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
  4. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  5. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding
  6. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
  7. Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published by Patricia Davis
  8. The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning, by Karyn Siegel-Maier
  9. Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self, by Stephanie Tourles




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My husband and I live in our 30 ft. RV while we are remodeling our new home. We live in the "boonies" and we were taking care of our daughters dog.  She came face to you know what with a skunk!  It was cold outside and we could not bring her into our little trailer so.....I had to think fast!  I put 10 drops of Citronella and 10 drops of Myrrh in a warm bucket of water( make sure it is a container and rag you can throw away) took an old cloth rag, dipped in the solution and wiped her down repeatedly.  It took the horrible fragrance right away and I was not afraid if it got in her eyes or mouth. I then put the Citronella in a diffuser to further assist in removing the smell.  The two oils worked wonderful and Winnie was a happy little dog again,,,,and so were we!