Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus) is a perennial grass that belongs to the Poaceae family. Many countries widely cultivate the plant for its essential oil which they use in perfumes, soaps, and as mosquito repellent. The plant is native to tropical Asia. It can reach a height of up to 2 meters and has long, narrow leaves that are green on the top and purple on the bottom. The leaves have a strong citrus scent, which is where the plant gets its name.
Citronella hydrosol, also known as floral water, results from the steam distillation process of extracting the essential oil from the leaves of the citronella plant. Floral water contains the water-soluble compounds of the plant and has a similar, but milder, aroma compared to essential oil. Many personal care products such as toners, lotions, and body sprays use citronella hydrosol to add a refreshing and uplifting scent to the product. It also has natural insect-repellent properties and can be used in outdoor or indoor spaces.
Botanical Name: Cymbopogon Nardus
Origin: Sri Lanka
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Source: Citronella Grass
Solubility: Water Soluble
Color & Odor: colourless with a crisp, lemony aroma
Constituents: Aqua, Alcohol denat., Polysorbate 20, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cymbopogon Winterianus Herb Oil, Glycerin, Geraniol, Eugenol, Linalool.
Specific Gravity: 0.960 – 0.970
Flash Point: 20 °C
Optical Rotation: – 22 to – 12
Major Constituents: monoterpenoids carvacrol and thymol
Citronella hydrosol floral water, also known as Citronella hydrosol, has a wide range of potential benefits. Some of the uses and benefits of Citronella hydrosol include:
- Insect repellent: Citronella hydrosol has natural insect-repelling properties, making it an effective way to keep mosquitoes and other insects at bay. It can be used as a spray or added to diffusers to repel insects in outdoor or indoor spaces.
- Skincare: Citronella hydrosol can be used as a toner or added to creams, lotions, and other skincare products to refresh and rejuvenate the skin. It can also help to reduce the appearance of blemishes and acne.
- Aromatherapy: Citronella hydrosol has a fresh and uplifting citrus scent, which can help to promote feelings of well-being and relaxation. It can be added to diffusers and used in aromatherapy to improve mood and reduce stress.
- Cleaning: Citronella hydrosol has natural antiseptic properties, making it an effective natural cleaner that can be used to clean surfaces in the home or office.
- Hair Care: Citronella hydrosol can be used as a hair rinse to give hair a fresh and clean scent and also promote healthy hair growth.
- Digestive Aid: Citronella hydrosol can be used to help with digestive issues such as bloating, gas, and indigestion.
- Respiratory Problems: Citronella hydrosol has expectorant and decongestant properties which help to clear the respiratory tract and relieve symptoms of colds, flu, and asthma.
Please consult a healthcare professional before using Citronella hydrosol for medicinal purposes, and always perform a patch test before using it topically.
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