Does Citronella Work?

Citronella Candle

Oil of citronella is a naturally occurring insect and animal repellent distilled from two Asian grass plants in the Cymbopogon genus. Derived from the leaves and stems of lemongrass, citronella gets its name from the French word meaning "lemon balm" due to its floral, citrus-like aroma.

Citronella oil has been found to repel target pests rather than kill them. It works by masking scents that are attractive to insects. Thus, insects find it difficult to locate their target to feed on. It has been used for centuries, dating back to the Greeks and Romans. Since its registration as an insect repellent in the United States in 1948, citronella has been used as an insect repellent and anti-fungal agent, as well as an aid in wound healing and parasitic infections.

The soft lemony fragrance of citronella, with its sweet floral undertones, has been proven to help fight fatigue and alleviate anxiety and depression.

So, do citronella candles actually work against insects? Yes!

The oil masks certain scents (like human scents) attractive to mosquitoes and other insects, effectively repelling them for up to two hours. Candles made with citronella oil are the best defense since the slow burn continuously releases and evaporates the oils into the air. If you light one of our Citronella candles made with plant-based soy, quality ingredients, and all-natural oils, you can keep unwanted 100% pure pests away all evening long.

Say goodbye to harmful DEET products known to cause blisters and rashes. Instead, keep mosquitoes and bugs away from your patio, balcony, and backyard this summer with an all-natural Citronella Candle. It's the perfect way to light up your outdoor soirees.

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