Citronella Essential Oil
Citronella oil is considered to be one of the more effective natural insect repellents. In addition, the oil contains compounds like methyl isoeugenol that exert potent antibacterial effects, making it useful for treating minor cuts and scrapes or controlling body odors caused by bacteria. It can also help in moisturizing the skin and hair, preventing dryness, flaking, frizziness and dandruff.
As a rule, pure citronella oil should not be applied directly to the skin. To avoid irritation and other reactions, citronella oil should be mixed with a neutral carrier oil (such as sweet almond, jojoba, or coconut oil) in a 1:1 ratio. Wash with soap and warm water after use, and avoid excessive sun exposure. When used for aromatherapy, either apply a few drops to a cloth or tissue or use a commercial diffuser or vaporizer. Never inhale citronella oil directly from the bottle.