Citronella has a tart, lemony aroma with bright astringent middle-top notes. The plant is a tall grass with light green blades that are steam-distilled to create the essential oil. Citronella is an effective mosquito and bug repellent as well as an excellent addition to household cleaners, both for its performance and for its bright citrus smell.
Make a bug spray with 15 drops Citronella, 15 drops Eucalyptus citriodora, and 15 drops Rose Geranium. Add together in 1 ounce of water with 1 tablespoon witch hazel alcohol, then mist on the body as needed. Dilute Citronella in plant oils or lotion then apply to soothe areas of discomfort.
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