Essential oils have found wide application in all areas of our life. We use them in cosmetics, perfumes, for health and household purposes. There are a number of oils that are known and most commonly used. Citronella oil for someone else still seems exotic. But it deserves to get acquainted with it and take it into service.
Where does citronella come from?
Unusual for our ear name fully corresponds to its origin. Citronella grows in tropical areas, in particular, on the territory of the mysterious Sri Lanka. This perennial grass reaches 1.5 m in height and has a bizarre appearance: its thin, long leaves at the top of the stem are gathered in bundles.
Smell and color
Essential oil is isolated with steam from the stems and leaves of the plant. At the output of the production of citronella oil - a viscous liquid of dark honey color. Its color resembles a range of citrus oil colors.
In the bouquet of smell dominated by the smell of young greenery with peripheral bitter notes of lemon peel. The general impression is a refreshing, toning aroma with a woody-oily plume.
Oil for beauty
It is advised for a fatty skin type. Oil copes with the problems inherent in it: reduces the production of sebum, narrows the pores, restores normal processes of renewal of the epidermis.
After regular use, the presence of acne, gums and acne is noticeably reduced. For a quick effect, oil is recommended to be applied locally: a few drops on the problem area.
Virtually all oils have regenerating properties. Citronella oil is indicated for skin with signs of wilting and fatigue. Its properties moisturize, smooth, refresh, tone and smooth the aging skin. It is recommended to add to creams, lotions, masks or use as a primary means.
A saturated consistency of oil can cause a burning effect when applied directly to the skin. People with a sensitive type should better refrain from using it. 5-7 drops per 15 g of cosmetics will be enough.
Another use of citronella oil
Essential oil can be used as a natural remedy for repelling biting parasites and insects. His pungent smell will scare away the bloodsuckers in the area of several meters.
Aromatic oil is used in household inhalations, with rubbing, compresses and steam baths. For a positive effect, 3-4 drops are sufficient. The inhalation of essential substances can cause sneezing, so a neutral base oil should be added to the inhalations . For compresses, use a cloth soaked in cool water.
It is used with thick consistencies and is washed down with tea and water with a sour taste. The oil is not suitable for people with any abnormalities in the work of the stomach.
Beneficial properties of oil can be enumerated for a long time: it affects virtually all areas of health. But because of the active tonic and invigorating action, oil is forbidden to pregnant women, hypertensives and easily excitable people.