Published: 16 July, 2019 - Updated: 11 March, 2020
Citronella: the natural repellent against mosquitoes
With high temperatures come the annoying mosquitoes, which are willing to bite the whole family. However, there are plants in nature that repel mosquitoes like basil, lavender or citronella, capable of repelling them without resorting to insecticides or chemical repellents.
How does the citronella plant look like?
In particular, the plant called citronella belongs to the family of Gramineae (grasses) from India, which can reach a up to 1.5m. This is a plant with great capability to adapt to the environment and does not require important care or very special conditions. The soil should just count on sufficient nutrients and a proper drainage—something essential because it does tolerate excess moisture.
In addition, if the plant is inside the house, it does not only repel mosquitoes, but also acts against clothes moths.
Its lemon-like scent makes it commonly known in Spain as limoncillo (lemongrass), so its aromatic leaves and the base of this tender evergreen plant are used to prepare tea, soups and different types of curry.
Why is citronella a natural repellent against mosquitoes?
Because of its smell, it is used as a repellent against flying insects such as flies, mosquitoes and wasps. The citronella in MARNYS® Citronella Essential Oil is chemotyped, that is, it’s got a defined composition and results in a 100% pure essential oil of natural origin, not denatured or mixed with other oils, what ensures the properties of the essential oil as a natural mosquito repellent.
How to use citronella essential oil to repel mosquitoes
- Apply on the skin: this oil can be applied externally and by the whole family as follows: dilute 2 drops of essential oil in 13 drops of a vegetable carrier oil or similar and apply on the skin. Vegetable oils containing MARNYS® Sweet Almond and Apricot Kernel are the most recommended.
- In a diffuser to mist: we also propose you to mist the citronella essential oil, either at home thanks to MARNYS® Bamboo Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser or in the car with MARNYS® Aroma Car Diffuser, according to the following directions for use: pour 4 drops of MARNYS® Citronella Essential Oil in the diffuser along with water. The fresh, intense lemon scent will keep mosquitoes away. Besides, the citronella scent is also commonly used in aromatherapy to promote recovery in case of headache, chills, etc.
Citronella essential oil is a fantastic multipurpose ally and a must for your everyday life!