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Citronella essential oil is said to be the best known natural insect repellent and is used in sprays, soaps, candles, wipes etc. Use outdoors in summer in a burner. Good as an air freshener, deodorant and for tired, sweaty feet. Citronella essential oil is native to southeast Asia. It is grown commercially in Sri Lanka, India, Burma, and Indonesia. The leaves have been used for their fragrance and medicinal value for centuries. Besides being an effective insect repellent it has been used for easing rheumatism, colds, headaches, lower back pain, migraines, fevers, pain, sprains, muscular aches, intestinal parasites, digestive problems, menstrual problems, depression, as a household germicide/antiseptic, for repelling cats, to ease excessive perspiration, and to increase mental alertness. The therapeutic properties of citronella essential oil include antiseptic, bactericidal, deodorant, insecticide, parasitic, tonic and stimulant. Aroma: a powerful lemony scent. Note: do not use if pregnant. May irritate sensitive skin.