Let's Compare Citronella Java (Cymbopogon winterianus) with Citronella Ceylon (Cymbopogon nardus)
Plant Origin: Indonesia
Method: Steam distilled from grass
Cultivation: Unsprayed (grown organically, but not certified)
Chemical Family: Aldehydes, Monoterpenes, Monoterpenols
Aroma: Fresh, lemony, slightly sweet (classic citronella scent)
Note (Evaporation Rate): Middle-Top
Key Constituents: Lot# CTJ-102
geranyl acetate 10.16%
trans caryophyllene 4.42%
Citronella Java has significant levels of citronellal and geraniol, which potentially may offer a broader range of therapeutic effects than Citronella Ceylon, which has a significant level of geraniol, but much less citronellal. It is generally felt that Citronella Java is a better insect repellant than Ceylon, and Ceylon is more commonly used in perfumery.
Attributes of citronellal:
Attributes of geraniol:
Kills dust mites and proved more effective than DEET (see Jeon mite-control study referenced below)
Antitumoral: Invitro and invito research shows antitumoral effects on leukemia and cancers of the breast, colon, skin, pancreas and liver (see references below).
Citronella Java and Palmarosa are two essential oils with high geraniol. (Rose is high in geraniol also, but because of the cost, it would not be a good choice to diffuse or use as an insect repellant.) Note: Geraniol does attract bees, as it is produced by the scent glands of honey bees to help them mark nectar-bearing flowers and locate the entrance to their hives. Well-aged tobacco has geraniol in it as well.
(See Essential Oil Usage
for more information and a dilution chart
Dilute with a carrier
and apply as desired. Maximum topical use limit is 18%.
. May help deter pests.
Internal: Citronella is suitable for internal use within safe parameters if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much.Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application. Click here for more information about internal usage.
Contradicted orally with Antidepressants (CYP2B6 substrates)
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Farm Animal Fly Spray Recipe (shared by a customer)
Quart Spray bottle
Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 cup
Rubbing Alcohol - 1 cup (HEO is not fond of using rubbing alcohol - we prefer a grain alcohol)
Basic H (Shaklee product) 1/4 cup
Citronella Java - 1/3 cup
Fill with water to line indicated on the spray bottle. Shake gently before spraying. This is not long lasting, but typically will work about as long as you need to be milking or working with your horse, cow or goat.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals
, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, pages 251-253.
Burke YD, Ayoubi AS, Werner SR et al (2002) Effects of the isoprenoids perillyl alcohol and farnesol on apoptosis biomarkers in pancreatic cancer chemoprevention. Anticancer Research 22:3127-3134.
Carnesecchi S, Bras-Goncalves R, Bradaia A et al (2004) Geraniol, a component of plant essential oils, modulates DNA synthesis and potentiates 5-fluorouracil efficacy on human colon tumor xenografts. Cancer Letters 215:53-59.
Duncan RE, Lau D, El-Sohemy A et al (2004) Geraniol and β-ionone inhibit proliferation, cell cycle progression, and cyclin-dependent kinase 2 activity in MCF-7 breast cancer cells independent of effects on HMG-CoA reductase activity. Biochemical Pharmacology 68:1739-1747.
Ong TP, Heidor R, de Conti A et al (2006) Farnesol and geraniol chemopreventive activities during the initial phases of hepatocarcinogenesis involve similar actions on cell proliferation and DNA damage, but distinct actions on apoptosis, plasma cholesterol and HMGCoA reductase. Carcinogenesis 27:1194-1203.
Shoff SM, Grummer M, Yatvin MB et al (1991) Concentration-dependent increase of murine P388 and B16 population doubling time by the acyclic monoterpene geraniol. Cancer Research 51:37-42.
Yu SG, Hildebrandt LA, Elson CE (1995) Geraniol, an inhibitor of mevalonate biosynthesis, suppresses the growth of hepatomas and melanomas transplanted to rats and mice. Journal of Nutrition 125:2763-2767.
Zheng G, Kenney PM, Lam LK (1993) Potential anticarcinogenic natural products isolated from lemongrass oil and galanga root oil. Journal of Agricultural ? Food Chemistry 41:153-156.
Behrendt HJ, Germann T, Gillen C et al (2004) Characterization of the mouse cold-menthol receptor TRPM8 and vanilloid receptor type-1 VR1 using a fluorometric imaging plate reader (FLIPR) assay. British Journal of Pharmacology 141:737-745.
Mahieu F, Owsianik G, Verbert L et al (2006) TRPM8-independent menthol-induced Ca2+ release from endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi. The Journal of Biological Chemistry 282:3325-3336.
Jeon JH, Kim HW, Kim MG, et al (2008) Mite-control activities of active constituents isolated from Pelargonium graveolens against house dust mites. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 18(10):1666-1671.