- For a DIY essential oil insect repellent, put several drops of Citronella in a spray bottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil and your choice of Cedarwood, Arborvitae, Lemongrass, Spearmint, or Peppermint essential oils.
- Diffuse or apply topically to ward off mosquitoes.
- Add a few drops to water to clean surfaces.
- Put a drop in your shampoo or conditioner for a bright scent and cleansing boost.
What Is Citronella Oil Used For?
Citronella is known for its ability to repel insects naturally. This is one of its most common and most powerful uses. It can also be used for cleaning due to its chemical constituents of citronellal and geraniol.
How to Use Citronella
You can use Citronella as a natural insect repellent in a variety of ways. Diffusing Citronella is a great way to ward off insects, especially during an outdoor BBQ or summer party.
Applying Citronella topically is another way to use it as a natural repellent. If you are using it topically, be sure to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or another carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. A carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil also helps the scent of Citronella to stay on your skin longer, making it more effective as a repellent. Apply to the wrists, neck, ankles, or other desired areas.
What Does Citronella Oil Smell Like?
Citronella essential oil has a powerful, bright aroma. Although it is not a citrus oil—Citronella is a tall grass native to Asia—it does have a fresh, lemony tone to its scent.