Suppression

Citronella

Category: Medicines - plant based

Type

Voluntary

Introduction and description

 

Cymbopogon nardus, common name citronella grass, is a perennial of the Poaceae grass family, originating in tropical Asia.

It is the source of an essential oil known as "citronella oil".

It cannot be eaten because of its unpalatable nature and is an invasive species that renders pastureland useless, as cattle will starve even in its abundance.

Medicinal uses

Essential oils are extracted from the aerial parts, and are applied topically as an insect repellent. It also has very important medicinal value – see the observations.

 

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