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Citronella Oil

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How does Citronella Oil work?

There isn't enough information available to know how citronella oil works.

Are there safety concerns?

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. However, it might cause skin allergies in some people.

It's UNSAFE to inhale citronella oil. Lung damage has been reported.

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.

Dosing considerations for Citronella Oil.

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

APPLIED TO THE SKIN:
  • For preventing mosquito bites: citronella oil in concentrations of 0.5% to 10%.

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