Top 5 Health Benefits and Uses Citronella (Cymbopogon sp).
What is Cymbopogon nardus ?
Cymbopogon nardus, common name citronella grass (Serai Wangi), is a perennial aromatic plant from the Poaceae grass family, originating in tropical Asia. It is the source of an essential oil known as "citronella oil". Many species grow rapidly in their natural habitats. They also are commercially cultivated. Grass species belonging to the cymbopogon genus have a wide variety of uses, including as essential oils (as mentioned above), thatching materials and culinary additions.
Many cymbopogon varieties are thought to contain a variety of health benefits. For many thousands of years, herbalists have used lemongrass as a pain reliever and as a tea to relieve stomach cramps and digestive ailments including vomiting and diarrhea. Lemongrass also has antibacterial properties, can be used as a relaxant for nervous disorders or to reduce fever and can help to provide a clear, unblemished skin tone.
Species included in the genus include: Cymbopogon ambiguus Australian lemon-scented grass-Australia, Timor Cymbopogon annamensis-Yunnan, Laos, vietnam, Thailand Cymbopogon bhutanicus-Bhutan Cymbopogon bombycinus silky oilgrass-Australia Cymbopogon caesius-Sub-Saharan Africa, indian Subcontinent, Yemen, Afghanistan, madagascar, Comoros, Reunion Cymbopogon calcicola-Thailand, kedah Cymbopogon calciphilus-Thailand Cymbopogon cambogiensis-Thailand.
1). Preventing mosquito bites when applied to the skin.
Citronella oil is an ingredient in some mosquito repellents you can buy at the store. It seems to prevent mosquito bites for a short amount of time, typically less than 20 minutes. Other mosquito repellents, such as those containing DEET, are usually preferred because these repellents last much longer.
2). Health Benefits.
Citronella's other active ingredients include linalool, terpineol, methone, myrthenol, citral, and citronellyl formate. From citronella's active ingredients, the three ost researched and respected include geraniol, citronellal, and citronellol.
Citronella essential oil has been used for centuries in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and China to help reduce infections, rashes, pain, and inflammation. Both types of citronella essential oil have several important uses, including skin rejuvenation, stress reduction, insect repellent, supports digestion, promotes relaxation, and fighting free radical damage, bacteria, and fungi.
It also gives candles, household sprays, and lotions their signature scent. it is also a common natural food additive for preservation and flavor, and you will sometimes find it in desserts, drinks, and dairy products.
Many of the health benefits of citronella essential oil can be attributed to its antiseptic, antispasmodic, diuretic, sweat-promoting, deodorant, antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, fever-reducing, menstrual flow-stimulating, insecticide, fungicidal, appetite-promoting tonic, anti-parasitic, and stimulant properties. The following is further details about some of the key health benefits of citronella essential oil.
1). Natural Bug Repellent
Citronella could also prevent flies, body lice, and head lice. Research suggests that applying citronella essential oil every 30- 60 minutes will promote lasting bug repellent effects. Pure citronella essential oil can be applied directly to the body, and is reportedly more effective than citronella candles for repelling irritating bugs.
2). Supports Digestion and Detoxification
Citronella essential oil may support digestive by decreasing inflammation while also detoxifying and cleansing the gut, stomach, and liver. Certain compounds in citronella oil prevent bacteria growth in the digestive tract. The oil may also kill parasites and worms in the colon and small intestine.
Very small doses of citronella essential oil could possibly protect against leaky gut syndrome, and infections of the bladder, urethra, colon, kidneys, prostate, and gastrointestinal tract. As a diuretic and diaphoretic, citronella oil will increase urination and sweating, and improve the elimination of toxins from the body.
3). Prevents and Treats Infections
Citronella essential oil has the potential to prevent both external and internal infections. A 2016 study published in the Journal Acta Odontologiva Scandinavica concluded that citronella and cinnamon essential oils have potential in the management of biofilm-associated infections like denture-induced stomatitits-an oral infection caused from Candida albicans biofilms.
4). Promotes Relaxation and Reduces Stress
Citronella essential oil is common for relaxation and stress reduction, and studies have found that, when inhaled, citronella oil may reduce stress and pain in pregnant women.
5). Fights Free Radical Damage
Similar to other citrus oils, cironella essential oil contains compounds that could fight free radical damage, while also reversing oxidative stress. The geraniol in citronella essential oil had high antioxidant abilities for reducing cellular damage and inflammation.
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