How Citronella Oil is Effective at Keeping Mosquitos Away

How Citronella Oil is Effective at Keeping Mosquitos Away

by | Oct 8, 2022 | Insect Repellent

Citronella Essential Oil for Mosquito Repellent

You’re probably familiar with citronella oil and its ability to repel bugs. This fragrant oil is known to keep mosquitoes away. Scentral Zone uses citronella oil in its Insect Repellent blend to help keep the unpleasant insects away. With Scentral Zone you can enjoy a more peaceful outdoor adventure.

With this in mind, it is important to learn more about citronella essential oil and how it can help you during while spending time outdoors all season long.

What is Citronella?

Citronella oil is an essential oil obtained from the leaves and stems of different species of Cymbopogon (lemongrass).Citronella has a citrusy aroma and is colorless to pale yellow in color. It’s commonly used as an ingredient in low concentrations in some foods, cleaning supplies cosmetics, as well as an insect repellent in candles, sprays, and other household products.

So let’s understand how citronella works. 

How Does Citronella Work as a Mosquito Repellent?

Citronella oil is widely used in scented candles, lotions, sprays, and even in wristbands and pet collars as a mosquito repellent. While most humans don’t mind the light citrus scent, mosquitoes and other insects reportedly hate it. But it’s important to note that citronella oil only repels mosquitoes by masking carbon dioxide and lactic acid scents, but it does not kill them. So mosquitos will stay away from the source of the citronella aroma. Other essential oils thought to repel insects are rosemary, cedarwood, and thyme. Scentral Zone’s Insect Repellent diffuser blends citronella with cedarwood, rosemary, and thyme be evem more effective at keeping bugs away.

Unique Properties of Citronella Essential Oil

Citronella oil has other unique properties beyond being a mosquito repellent. 

  • Anxiety and stress relief. With its bright, fresh scent it is naturally uplifting and relaxing, which may provide you natural relief from stress.
  • Antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Did you know that citronella essential oil has methyl isoeugenol, which contributes to its antibacterial and antiseptic qualities. That is why you’ll sometimes find citronella as an ingredient in cleaning supplies.
  • Anti-fungal agent. With its anti-fungal properties, citronella oil can weaken or destroy certain types of fungi that can potentially cause health problems. 

All of these properties are amazing, but our favorite use is as an insect repellent. Citronella oil is what you need to keep mosquitoes naturally. Scentral Zone has the most widely used oils in out Insect Repellents diffuser. Enjoy a peaceful outdoor adventure with Scentral Zone Insect Repellent.