More about Citronella than you ever wanted to know...

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Posted by txilar on August 7, 2002 at 19:01:41:

In reply to: citronella....smells like it could affect henna stains.......? posted by maxx on August 6, 2002 at 22:38:03:

I read that citronellal is a monoterpene alcohol, so it could
definitely be helpful. A few sites state that citronella *may*
irritate skin (most don't mention it being an irritant at all). This
info is extraordinarily unhelpful as any essential oil *may* irritate
skin!! It's one of those cases where one can feel free to use the oil
on themselves, but would definitely want to exercise caution when
using it on individuals with unknown sensitivities (unknown to
themselves or you!). The FDA does acknowledge citronella as GRAS
(generally recognised as safe):
bin/get-cfr.cgi for its "intended" use. I guess that means, no
drinking or bathing in the stuff.

Here is some more detailed info (within the links):

Latin: Cymbopogon nardus
Description: Citronella grows wild in Sri Lanka and other Tropical
areas. It is used almost extensively as an insect repellant. It is
especially good as a mosquito repellant.
Extraction: Steam distillation from the grass
Safety Info: Avoid during pregnancy. Possibly irritating to some
Main Chemical Constituents: citronellal, geraniol

: I have a citronella plant


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