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Java Citronella

Botanical Name : Cymbopogon winterianus

Family                   : Gramineae ( Poaceae )

Part Used             : Grass ( Leaves & Stems )

 

Type of Citronella Oil :

     Java Citronella Oil

Cymbopogon winterianus in international trade is known as Citronella. The famous varieties of citronella is Mahapegiri (Java Citronella Oil) and varieties Lenabatu (Ceylon Citronella Oil). Variety of Mahapegiri is abled to provide best quality oil and better oil yield than varieties Lenabatu. Planting area and production of citronella oil in Indonesia is quite high with a total area in 2007 amounted to 19,592 ha.

Citronella oil is extracted from selected grass of Cymbopogon winterianus by steam distillation. Most important component of citronella is citronellal and geraniol. The components determines the intensity of the smell and the value of volatile oil prices.


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Uses

Citronella oil is widely used in perfumery, cosmetics, soap and flavor industries. The therapeutic properties of citronella oil are antiseptic, bactericidal, deodorant, diaphoretic, insecticide, parasitic, tonic and stimulant.


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