A tall grass grown in the tropics, and a native to Sri Lanka. Citronella is most well known for its use as an aromatic insect repellent, it has also traditionally been used for fever, indigestion and menstrual conditions.
Citronella oil repels insects such as mosquitoes, black flies, fleas and ticks, therefore, preventing its bites. It is used on humans and their clothing – in the form of an oil, liquid and patch. Citronella oil is a natural, non-toxic alternative to chemical insect repellents such as DEET , therefore, is usually the preferred choice. Also available are solid products such as citronella oil insect repelling candles and cartridges. Citronella oil is also used in a tablet or pellet form in recreational or outdoor household areas and around trees and shrubs. In addition, there are animal collars and tags containing citronella oil for pets and other domestic animals to repel fleas. A combination of the citronella oil and cedarwood virginian oil also helps to repel mosquitoes.