Is citronella oil a mosquito repellent?

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Is citronella oil effective as an mosquito repellent?

Citronella oil is a popular non-toxic mosquito repellent proven to be as effective to DEET (common chemical found in most repellent) for up to 120 minutes if apply on skin, according to Medicalnewstoday. Perspiration and evaporation tend to be some of the main reason in reducing the effectiveness over time.

Are mosquito dangerous?

Mosquitoes are found almost everywhere in this world. Not only are these insect pesky, irritating and disturbing at night. They are carriers of deadly disease. You might want to note the disease they carry.

  • Anopheles mosquitoes carry malaria, filariasis and encephalitis.
  • Culex mosquitoes spread encephalitis, filariasis, and the West Nile virus.
  • Aedes mosquitoes is the carrier for yellow fever, dengue, and encephalitis. (this mosquito is top on my hit list)

It is important to note that climate change directly contribute to the growth of mosquito population, turning the world into a more favourable playground to the mosquitoes to grow and breed.

3 practical application of citronella oil as mosquito repellent

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Citronella oil is chemical free and should be family safe if the application is correct. Dosage recommended in the picture is prepared as a family safe recipe considering. You could slightly increase the concentration if you have serious mosquito issues. The formula is synthesis based on Chow Wah On citronella oil because of its effectiveness.

What is citronella oil?

Citronella oil is extracted from the stems and roots of a citronella plant(Cymbopogon). It is commonly known as an essential oil with wide application in our daily lives. You can find them in soaps, perfumes and candles for aromatherapy. Insect repellent, shampoo and cooking for household usage. Rumor suggested that in ancient times, people even use citronella oil for its medicinal properties. Do not be surprise when you find its application to be traced back from traditional India medicine.

History of citronella oil

Citronella is a plant originates from Asia, you could find them as an ingredient from many cooking recipes. As a traditional medicine, they are used for soothing pain, infection and rashes. With a aroma refreshing sweet lemon odor, rumor suggests that it is an ancient perfume used by woman.

Is citronella oil safe for babies

Citronella oil is safe for use however, highly concentrated citronella oil could cause skin irritation. To play safe, we would then sprinkle the oil on the baby’s clothes to avoid direct contact. After all the likely application is to protect your babies from mosquito.

Citronella vs Lemongrass

It is commonly confused with lemongrass oil because their appearance is similar. They are the evil twin for each other causing confusion. According to Gardeningknowhow, citronella grass has reddish colored pseudostems, while lemongrass is all green. Looking at the picture below, the answer is obvious.

citronella lemongrass

Additional benefit for citronella oil

  • Aromatherapy application to uplift the mood and relax the body
  • Deodorize and refresh foul body odors
  • Antiseptic and anti-fungal properties eliminate and prevent the growth of fungus on wounds.
  • Stimulate hair growth

Side effect for citronella oil

Citronella oil is not for internal consumption, as it might cause symptoms such as stomach upset, throat irritation, and coughing. It can also cause redness, irritation, and the temporary opacity of the cornea if accidentally applied in the eye.

Without a doubt, citronella oil is safe for external usage but if you experience red rash, burning sensation or pain. There is a chance you might be allergy, do consult a doctor.

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