Cymbopogon nardus (conventional)
A tall, aromatic, perennial grass, which has derived from the wild-growing 'managrass' found in Sri Lanka.
Herbal/Folk Tradition: The leaves of citronella are used for their aromatic and medicinal value in many cultures, for fever, intestinal parasites, digestive and menstrual problems, as a stimulant and an insect repellent. It is used in Chinese traditional medicine for rheumatic pain.
Skin care - Excessive perspiration, oily skin, insect repellent.'Mixed with cedarwood oil Virginia, it has been a popular for many years prior to the appearance of DDT and other modern insecticides.
Immune system - Colds, 'flu, minor infection.
Nervous system - Fatigue, headache, migraine, neuralgia.
Other uses: Extensively used in soaps, detergents, household goods and industrial perfumes. Employed in insect repellent formulations against moths, ants, fleas, etc. for use in the home and in most major food categories, including alcoholic and soft drinks. The Java oil is used as the starting material for the isolation of natural geraniol and citronellal.