Essential oils at a glance


Citronella – image

“Good for insomnia,
    promotes relaxation and reduces stress”

Latin name: Cymbopogon nardus

Description of plant: A tall, perennial aromatic grass

Nature of oil: A strong, fresh, lemon-citrus aroma

Method of oil extraction: Steam distillation of the fresh, partly dried or dried grass

Blends well with: Bergamot, geranium, orange, lavender, pine

Specific precautions required: May cause dermatitis in some individuals; avoid during pregnancy

Stress-relieving properties include: Helps to clear the mind, refresh the spirit; good for insomnia; promotes relaxation and reduces stress

Medical properties include: Antiseptic, antibacterial, diuretic, insecticide; good for rheumatism, fever, menstrual problems, digestive problems, intestinal parasites; aids healing


  1. Wildwood C. Aromatherapy. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 1996.

For the best effects, it is advisable to buy pure essential oils. Products containing synthetic ingredients will not provide the same degree of benefit.

A word of caution about essential oils: The essential oils supplied with Aroma4U products are 100% pure and natural, but even natural products can have side effects if not used properly, and some degree of care is needed when handling them. Pure undiluted essential oils should not (in general) be used directly on the skin. Do not take essential oils internally. Essential oils should be kept away from children, pets and the eyes. Essential oils are also very volatile and, therefore flammable – keep them away from naked flames. Aromatherapy products are never to be used in place of medical treatment. If you are pregnant, epileptic, suffering from high blood pressure or already taking medication consult your medical practitioner or a qualified aromatherapist.

The essential oils info provided above is for general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, legal, or other professional advice. (CUS Busting Ltd) does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in the above article.

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Last updated: 01 January 2016

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