Botanical Name – Cymbopogon nardus
parts of plant used – Grass
Action: antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, deodorant, emmenagogue, insecticide.
1. Citronella has an uplifting effect and is helpful in cases of mild depression.
2. It can also be effective in relieving fatigue, headaches, migraine, colds and flu, as well as minor infections.
3. It is widely used as a repellent against mosquitoes and other flying intruders. It has also been discovered that cats do not like the aroma of citronella, and is sold in garden centers to deter unwanted moggies from digging up you favorite plants.4. Used in a burner, it clears unpleasant smells around the house. 5. It can be added in water used for scrubbing or wiping floors, kitchen platform, and furniture. It gives freshness to the atmosphere.
Methods of use: bath (low dosage), essence burner, massage oil (low dosages) – 10 drops per 50 ml of base oil. Avoid in sensitive skin.
Use in moderation. Might irritate sensitive skin. Avoid during pregnancy.
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT AROMATHERAPY OILS
Aromatherapy oils can be used by following methods.
1) Massage: Mix 10 to30 drops of aromatherapy oil in base oil (Til oil, corn oil etc.) and
massage on affected part or give full body massage. Formula can be prepared by using
Dr. Jain’s Aloe Vera Liquid, Aloe Vera Gel, Cucumber Gel etc.
2) Water Method.
A) Baths – Add 2 to 4 drops of aromatherapy oil in one bucket warm water (app. 25 lit.) and
take bath. Can add to Foot bath, Size bath.
B) By Compress – (Hot or cold compress)
An aromatherapy oil compress may soothe aches, sprains, or swelling.
Take a bowl of cold or hot water as required. Add some drops of aromatherapy oil in it (1
drop for 100 ml. water).Immerse a cloth in the water, squeeze it lightly and place over the
affected area for 10 minutes. Repeat the procedure 3-4 times. Use hot water for muscular
aches and cold for sprains or headaches. Ultimate way is to make thick paste with
wonder mitti (Dr. Jain’s), add few drops of Aromatherapy oil and apply thick lep on affected
part. Cover it with cloth and wash after 30 mins.
3) Room Method
For fresh and fragrant atmosphere add 2-4 drops of aromatherapy oil on vaporizer. Also
can add to spray bottle (4 drops to 200 ml water) and spray. One can add few drops to the
water used for cleaning floor, tables, and counters.