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Citronella Essential Oil

Citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus) has a lemony ginger scent to it. The oil is made from the leaves of the lemongrass plant that is often used in Asian cooking. It can call to mind warm summer nights out on the patio.

Combines Well With

Geranium, Lemon, Bergamot, Orange, Cedarwood, Pine Needles

Ways to Use Citronella Essential Oil

  • Often used to repel mosquitoes.
  • Provides gentle nurturing during periods of self-doubt.
  • Can be a moderate irritant and sensitizer so avoid using in a bath or massage if you have sensitive skin.
  • Inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel. That's a great way to get started.


*Please note: With any recipe's involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Lift Spirits

  • 4 drops Citronella
  • 2 drops Neroli
  • 4 drops Sandalwood
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Mix formula together and massage into neck and shoulders.

Clear Thinking Massage

  • 4 drops Citronella
  • 2 drops Patchouli
  • 4 drops Bergamot
  • 1 drop Peppermint
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Mix formula together and massage into neck and shoulders.

Mosquito Be Gone

  • 4 drops Citronella
  • 2 drops Patchouli
  • 4 drops Cedarwood
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Apply to exposed areas of skin as needed.

Here is what our RMO family members are saying about it on Facebook:

  • "Mixed with Cedarwood makes an awesome insect repellent :)"
  • "I use it with Cedarwood and Tea Tree and Lavender in my homemade multi-purpose cleaner."
  • "I drop it on my outside window sills during the summer to keep bugs out of my house."


Citronella is a great oil for many things. We would love to hear from you about this oil. Please share in the comment section below!