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Citronella Essential Oil


  • Acts as an effective insect repellent – wards off insects, bugs and mosquitoes
  • Cleanses and soothes the scalp; improves overall skin health; useful in the treatment of head lice
  • An excellent addition to household cleaning products; it is also extensively used in soaps, candles, perfumes and flavouring

Note: Our 15ml and 30ml sizes are packaged in biophotonic glass and powered with NFC for exclusive product experience


Botanical name
Cymbopogon nardus

Fresh, Clean, Citrusy

Plant part

Note classification
Top to middle

Distillation method
Steam distillation

✔️ Certified Organic
✔️ GMO-free
✔️ Cruelty-free
❌ Synthetic Preservatives
❌ Pesticides & Chemical fertilisers
❌ Genetic Engineering

Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and Gas chromatography & Mass spectrometry Analysis (GC/MS report) are available upon request.

How to Use

For Aromatherapy

Freshen up your room while keeping bugs & insects at bay. Add about 5 drops of Iryasa Citronella essential oil for every 100ml (3.3 fl.oz) of water in a diffuser.

You may need to increase/decrease the number of drops depending on the size of the room and where your diffuser is kept. For instance, you'd probably need less number of drops for a smaller or less ventilated room. Since the intensity of scents are such a personal preference, we recommend that you start with less and work your way up as needed.

For Topical Application

When diluted with a suitable carrier oil such as Jojoba oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil, it can be used as a massage oil to improve skin health and promote wound healing. This blend can also act as a body rub to repel insects and mosquitoes.

We recommend using 16 drops of Iryasa Citronella essential oil in 30ml (1 fl.oz) carrier oil (to make ~2% dilution). For sensitive skin, use 8 drops in 30ml of carrier oil ( to make ~1% dilution).

Safety Precautions

General Precautions

  • All Iryasa Essential Oils are highly concentrated - always dilute with an appropriate carrier oil before topical use

  • Not for internal use, except if directed by an expert or a qualified practitioner

  • Never use undiluted essential oils near eyes or mucous membranes

  • Store in a cool, dark and dry place

  • Keep out of reach of children

  • If pregnant, lactating or under any medication, consult your physician before use

Specific to Citronella Essential Oil

  • We always recommend performing a patch test, especially if you are using Citronella oil for the first time on your skin
  • Do not ingest Citronella essential oil; it is known to have negative interactions with certain medications
  • When diffusing Citronella essential oil, ensure that the space is well ventilated and always start with low dilutions

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Citronella truly a mosquito repellent?

YES! Mosquitoes despise the scent of Citronella.

Which insects/bugs are repelled by citronella essential oil?

While this oil is popularly known as a mosquito repellent, Citronella also repels spiders, ticks, fleas, moths and gnats. Some research articles indicate Citronella’s ability to repel cockroaches, flies and ants too.

Are Citronella and Lemongrass the same?

No. While Citronella and Lemongrass are of the same genus (Cymbopogon) and they look similar, they are quite different in many ways. Citronella has reddish-purple coloured pseudo stems and lemongrass has greenish-white stems. As for the oils, citronella comes from C. nardus whereas lemongrass comes from C. citratus.

Size: 15ml

Citronella Essential Oil Reviews

Dilution Guide

Most websites/blogs mention about diluting essential oils before topical application. While this is correct, it is not sufficient!

Use the guide below to get started on your DIY blending journey.

Interpreting the charts

Step 1: As per age group, please take note of the recommended and maximum dilution percentages.

Step 2: Based on the amount of carrier oil, you can find the corresponding number of essential oil drops to be used to achieve the dilution you require e.g., for 1% dilution in 30ml of carrier oil, use 8 drops of same/different essential oils.


Always perform a 24 hour period patch test at the recommended dilution levels or lesser, as per the age group to check for any allergic reaction or skin sensitivities.

While the dilution percentages work for most of our essential oils, we strongly recommend that you read the safety precautions listed for each oil before you craft the blend.

Iryasa Dilution Guide for blending essential oils and carrier oils

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