I’m sure many of you look forward to spending more time outdoors in the summertime or jetting off to a hot country on holiday. One of the downsides of the warmer weather though is the fact that more insects are present which means you are more prone to bites and stings. Citronella also known as lemongrass from the Cybopogon family has been used for thousands of years to repel insects and mosquitoes. Citronella has received attention for its effectiveness as a mosquito repellent. It prevents bites from bugs by blocking the scent that attracts them and causing the insect to become disorientated without killing it. This helps to prevent the nuisance of swarms of insects becoming attracted to you and your skin and greatly reduces the chances of you suffering from a bite or a sting.
Dose: Use a few drops per day blended with a suitable massage carrier oil
Bugs and mosquitos are the issues that accompany the seasonal transformation of summer to winter. The tactics involved in the reciprocal response of rescue from your end would be obviously required to be more affordable. Most insect repellants require a daily use during the after hours of dusk. If you didn't, your backyard’s health might take a spin. Often, to avoid the side effects of repellants, people buy plants like citronella to keep the mosquitos off their front and back lawn. However, to confirm the genuineness of the plants, several entomologists were brought to question. Citronella plant is a pleasant smelling herbaceous shrub that can be added to a wealthy garden collection as a decorative plant too. Citronella oil is the pleasant-smelling extract that you would be able to lay your hands on once the stable yet crucial procedure of ohmic heated hydro-distillation has been carried out successfully. While there are other methods that can be deployed for the extraction of juices of citronella plant, ohmic heated hydro-distillation has been reviewed as the one that shares its benefit of pulling out the maximum level of extract with its perseverance. The other two methods that can be used for successful and detoxified extraction of citronella oil would be steam distillation and hydrodistillation.
Once the procedure of citronella oil extraction is complete, the manufacturers are able to base the quality of the product on the presence of 3 essential components namely - citronellal, citronellol, geranyl acetate. Normally, it's the stem and leaves of the herbaceous plant that are used for extraction. Citronellal is a terpenoid that sells its image as a potent aldehyde by giving out a distinct aroma of lemon flavor. Citronellol is more of a secondary by-product that forms during the process of oxidation that takes place in a mid-phase during the procedure of extraction. Minimalized volumes of geranyl acetate can be justified by the presence of colorless portions in the extract that make it insoluble in water. Citronella oil essential oil can be use in humidifiers to wave off any of the offending odors that might make to your doorway through an open grill station or a sewer line from nearby construction site.