Citronella Oil

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Update Date 12/05/2020 . 2 mins read

Uses

What is citronella oil used for?

Citronella oil is used for these medical purposes including:

Applying citronella oil directly to the skin to keep mosquitoes and other insects away.

Citronella oil may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist, herbalist for more information.

How does it work?

There are not enough studies about how this herbal supplement works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using citronella oil?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, If:

  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
  • You have allergy with any substances of citronella oil or other medications or other herbals.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

The regulations for an herbal supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herbal supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.

How safe is citronella oil?

Citronella oil seems to be safe for most people in the small amounts found in foods. It’s unsafe when taken by mouth in large amounts.

Citronella oil seems to be safe for most people when applied to the skin as an insect repellent.

It’s unsafe to inhale citronella oil.

Special precautions & warnings

Children: It’s unsafe to give citronella oil to children by mouth. There are reports of poisoning in children, and one toddler died after swallowing insect repellent that contained citronella oil.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of citronella oil during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from citronella oil?

Citronella oil causes these side effects, such as:

  • Skin allergies
  • Lung damage

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.

Interactions

What interactions may I have with citronella oil?

This herbal supplement may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbal healer or doctor before using.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.

What is the usual dose for citronella oil?

The dose for this herbal supplement may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbal supplements are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.

What form does come in?

This herbal supplement may be available in the following dosage forms: Citronella oil in concentrations of 0.5% to 10%.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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