One of the most useful essential oils to have in your home is undoubtedly citronella.
Citronella is a popular essential oil that is created by distilling the Cymbopogon genus plant, a grass commonly found in Asia. It was given its name because it has a strong citrus-like aroma that is unmistakable.
You might be wondering why it is so useful to have around the home, so let’s take a look at its most important uses right now:
1. It repels mosquitos
If you live in areas where there are lots of mosquitos, then you should keep on top of your pest control by calling the local mosquito control company every so often, but in between spraying, and when you are venturing outside the home, you can use citronella to keep the bigs at bay.
Mosquitoes, for whatever reasons, really hate the smell of citronella, so if you mix a little of the essential oil with a carrier and spray it on your skin, or if you diffuse it around your home, chances are you will not have any noisy little visitors or any more nasty bites!
2. It keeps pets off the furniture
Something else that citronella is really good at is keeping dogs off the furniture. Like mosquitoes, most animals are repelled by the strong smell of citronella, so if you spray your couch or your bed linen or whatever with it, they will probably want to give it a wide berth, Just make sure that you ask your vet if it is safe for your particular pet to be around citronella or not.
3. It’s a natural deodorant
If you don’t like store-bought deodorants due to all of the chemicals, you can make your own natural deodorant using citronella ansa little baking soda or alcohol and water solution if you prefer a spray. It has a very strong fresh odor of its own which is great for covering up body odor, which is why it works so well.
4. It can boost your mood
Strong, fresh citrus smells have been sound to boost the moods of many people when they are feeling down or anxious. So, if you’re feeling a little low, why not try diffusing some around the room and see if it perks you up?
5. It helps with muscle pain
Another thing that is worth knowing about citronella is that it is a natural anti-inflammatory. That means that it may be useful for you if you have lots of aches and pains. Put a few drops into a salve or blam, rub it on the affected area, and you should start to see some improvement. Just make sure that you check with your doctor first as essential oils can sometimes interact with other medications.
As you can see, citronella is an important and versatile essential oil with a lot of very useful properties. So you should aim to always have a bottle ready and waiting for you in your hour of need, along with all your other essential oils.