Citronella comes in two main types - Java and Ceylon. Absolute Aromas has introduced an oil from Sri Lanka, which is the only source of the Ceylon type, produced from the Lenabatu variety of citronella grass. Java-type is produced in many countries other than Indonesia, in particular China. Citronella is very widely used in household cleaning products and insecticides.
Citronella has a powerful lemon aroma which blends well with all citrus and woody oils. For a natural air freshener – add 3 drops of Citronella, 3 drops of Geranium and 2 drops of Pine to a clean plant spray filled with water, shake well and spray into the air. Avoid polished surfaces and pets!
2 drops of Citronella, 2 drops of Cedarwood and 2 drops of Eucalyptus Citriodora in an oil burner or diffuser can help maintain an insect-free BBQ!
Do not use Citronella during pregnancy or on those with sensitive skin.