Sunday, March 09, 2008


My brother just came home exclaiming how he tested the power of CITRONELLA essential oil, so i thought I'd share what he told me, and what I found on the Internet...

My brother bought 2 vials of this Citronella essential oil off a hydrophonics farm somewhere in Yishun. He was told "Mosquitoes hate it". Then he tested it today at some ulu-sama forested place. True enough, while the mosquitoes had a good time feasting off his friends' blood, my brother came home without a single scratch!

A 5ml vial .......................... S$2.50
A 20ml vial ........................ S$6.50
(Bodyshop sells ................. S$18.00)

I'm gonna get a couple of bottles when I go recce again up north. If you're interested, drop a comment after this post so I'd know how many bottles to get. (Good friends get them for free ^__^)

Application: a few drops directly on skin (if you have sensitive skin, it burns); a few drops in an aroma burner; a few drops into the water when you mop the floor.
Information from AROMAWEB:

Citronella Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Cymbopogon nardus
Aromatic Description: Citrusy (similar to lemongrass), slightly fruity, fresh, sweet.
Possible Uses: Excessive perspiration, fatigue, headache, insect repellant, oily skin.

Avoid Citronella during pregnancy.

[Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995)]

General Safety Information: Do not take any oils internally without consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before. Instructions on conducting a skin patch test and more safety information can be found by visiting the Safety Information page. For very in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand.

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