Citronella Plant Care
Uses of the Citronella Plant
The Citronella plant is one of the best mosquito repellents I have ever encountered. Living in the south I have tried countless products and even concocted a few of my own out of essential oils. I really love these plants because you have a pretty plant to decorate your outdoor living space and they actually work! They do repel mosquitoes well. I find that they work best if you have several plants staggered around the area you are spending time. I like to sort of “fluff them up” when I go outside to get the oils in the leaves flowing a bit. This definitely increases the effectiveness.
My favorite way to use the Citronella plant is by removing a leaf or 2 and rubbing them on my skin. For this method you really only need one plant as these plants do tend to grow fast. This works very well for my family. We tend to have sensitive skin and this causes no side effects for us. For those with sensitive skin test a small area first just to be sure you won’t have a reaction.