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Summer is officially here! And with that, come the bugs we all know and love so much! Hence, this month's oil is a practical one for summer - Citronella.
Most people have used Citronella, aka Pelargonium Citrosum, as an insect repellant. It comes in candle, spray and essential oil form. However, did you know the plant also has anti-microbial properties and has historically been used as a sanitizer and for deodorizing surfaces? It has also been used historically as a stimulant, which explains why I personally feel more awake after sniffing it throughout the work day. It has also been used to help rid the gut of unwanted visitors (think creepy crawlies we don't want or need)
And it has also been found to have "harmonizing" and relaxing effects on people as evidenced by this small pilot study.
What a win-win!
Practical and uplifting! Does it get better than that?
HOW TO USE CITRONELLA OIL:
1. Topically - Dilute 1 drop of essential oil with 1 drop of a carrier oil (get that here) and apply to skin.
Or you can make your own insect-avoidance spray using the following recipe with:
* 5 drops of Lavender
* 5 drops of Purification (a blend of Lemongrass, Citronella, Rosemary, Lavandin, Myrtle, and Melaleuca essential oil)
* 3 drops of Peppermint
Top off a 5 mL roller bottle with sweet almond oil or fractionated coconut oil. Shake and roll on!
2. Aromatically - Diffuse for up to 30 minutes 3 times a day or directly inhale.
To learn more about the benefits of Citronella and other potent essential oils, see my essential oils website - https://yldist.com/amaltz/ - or join my Let’s Get Oily Facebook group here.
Dr. Maltz earned a Medical Degree and Master in Public Health from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, TX. She completed a combined Internal and Preventive Medicine Residency at UTMB in June, 2011. She then completed a 2-year Integrative Medicine Fellowship at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT, during which she simultaneously underwent an intensive 1000-hour curriculum created by The University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Program founded by Dr. Andrew Weil.