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Citronella oil is a popular essential oil which is created by extracting the substance from the Cymbopogon Nardus or the Cymbopogon winterianus, a varieties of what is known as lemongrass. More precisely, citronella oil is taken from the tall thin leaves via a process called steam distillation and has a noteable sweet but refreshing odour matched with a thin oily consistency. Widely used in many aromatherapies, the oil has various health benefits and uses that can be harnessed by any individual.
Lemongrass is also referred to as other names such as barbed wire grass, silky heads, citronella grass, fever grass, tanglad, gatavi chaha and nimma gadi. The two varieties of citronella oil include C.Nardus and C.winterianus depending upon the type of lemongrass it is extracted from.
The essential oil has been used for many years in Indonesia, China and Sri Lanka to help with many ailments such as skin rashes, inflammation and infections. This is due to the many antioxidants and phytochemicals present within the useful and pleasant smelling oil.