Citronella essential oil has long been used to repel mosquitos and other pesky insects (buy it here). We buy it in candle form and by the gallon to put in our tiki torches to protect ourselves when we are out enjoying the summer evening weather. There are so many other uses for it, though. It is a remedy for athlete’s foot, bacterial infections, muscle spasms and underarm odor.
All of these wonderful uses and more are due to its proven beneficial properties. Citronella contains antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, diuretic and antispasmodic properties. Go ahead and keep buying it for your tiki torches, but get some to keep in your medicine cabinet, too.
1. Treat or Prevent Bacterial Infections
Put citronella essential oil on wounds and cuts to prevent or treat bacterial infections. Its antimicrobial, antiseptic and antibacterial properties are great for this. It will also help relieve pain and inflammation. Mix the citronella oil with a carrier oil first. You only need 1 to 3 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil for it to be effective. Any carrier oil can be used. Coconut oil is great for this as it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, too.
2. Alleviate Urinary Tract Infections
Massage citronella oil blended with a carrier oil into your lower back and abdominal area to treat bacterial infections in the urinary tract. A 1% to 3% blend (1 to 3 drops of citronella to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil) should work just fine. You can use a stronger dilution rate, but work up to it gradually. Rub the oil in over your bladder and up over your lower abdominal area then from about the kidneys or waist down on your back. The wonderful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties will quickly be absorbed into your system, giving you fast relief. Be sure to keep using it a couple times a day for 10 days to 2 weeks. Bacterial infections can be stubborn. Drink plenty of water, too, so your system has what it needs to flush out the infection.
*Stronger dilution rates should only be used for 10 days to 2 weeks at a time. The 1% to 3% dilution rate (1 to 3 drops per teaspoon) is fine for everyday use.*
3. Get Rid of Digestive Tract Infections
Use citronella EO to treat digestive tract infections. Massage the 1% to 3% blend into your entire abdomen, starting at the top and working your way down, then apply it to your lower back. You can take very high quality citronella oil orally to treat digestive and urinary tract infections, too. However, make certain it is only the highest quality, pure citronella essential oil and take only 1 to 2 drops per day.
4. Treat Bronchitis
Practice citronella oil aromatherapy to get relief from bronchitis and other upper respiratory infections. Just add 2 to 3 drops to your diffuser along with 1/2 to 1 cup of distilled water and run it for 30 to 60 minutes at a time. You can do this as often as four to six times a day, if necessary. Citronella’s anti-inflammatory properties will reduce inflammation in the airways. Its expectorant and antibacterial properties will help clear chest congestion and kill the infection. Don’t leave the diffuser on 24 hours a day, though. That’s too much of a good thing. You can also massage the 1% to 3% blend into your chest, back and ribs to get relief. It will soothe sore chest and back muscles, too.
5. Soothe Muscle Cramps and Spasms
Rub citronella essential oil into muscles when you get a cramp or spasm. It will quickly quiet the cramp and soothe away pain and inflammation. The 1% to 3% blend should work fine.
6. Reduce Swelling
Apply the 1% to 3% citronella blend to any swelling to reduce the inflammation and bring down the swelling. It will also provide pain relief to tender skin and muscle tissue.
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7. Relieve Arthritis Pain and Inflammation
Massage the 1% to 3% citronella oil blend into painful joints to get relief from the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Coconut oil is a great carrier oil for this but jojoba, sweet almond and argan oil can also be used. If you need to make it a bit stronger, you can do that. Just build up to it gradually and only use the stronger blend for up to 2 weeks at a time.
8. Alleviate Pain
Gently rub citronella oil into areas where you are experiencing pain for quick relief. This is great for the back of your neck or your back, in general and any other painful areas. The 1% to 3% blend should work. If you have a headache, massage the oil into your temples and forehead. This is also great for sore, tired feet at the end of a long day. Add a few drops of citronella to a warm bath for all-over pain relief.
*Do not get essential oil in your nose, where it will come in contact with sensitive mucous membranes, or in your eyes.*
9. Reduce Inflammation
Massage citronella oil into any inflamed area to quickly reduce inflammation. This could be inflammation from a bump or bruise, inflammation in your shoulder from carrying something heavy or inflammation in your lower back from standing on your feet all day. Use the 1% to 3% blend up to several times a day, if necessary.
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10. Improve Circulation
Practice citronella aromatherapy or apply the 1% to 3% blend to improve circulation. Adding 2 to 3 drops to your diffuser and running it for 30 to 60 minutes will improve your circulation in general. If you have a particular area that needs a boost, like your legs or arms, apply the oil in that area and on your chest to get your circulation going at the source.
11. Fight Free Radical Damage
Use citronella essential oil to prevent cellular damage from free radicals. Its very high levels of antioxidants like geraniol are extremely efficient at isolating and removing free radicals. Citronella aromatherapy is excellent for this. Put a few drops of the oil in your diffuser and run it for 30