Citronella Materia Medica


In herbal medicine, citronella has traditionally been used as a parasiticide and insect repellant and to prevent fevers, reduce abnormal appetite and revitalize nerves. In Mozambique, a decoction of citronella mixed with milk is used to strengthen the blood and the nervous system. Dried leaves are sometimes rubbed over the abdomen, muscles or joints to ameliorate stomach or rheumatic pain (used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat rheumatic pain).

In aromatherapy, citronella oil is considered to exert the following actions: antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, deodorant, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, fungicidal, insecticide, stimulant, stomachic, tonic, vermifuge. Citronella oil is thought to be purifying and vitalizing, to enhance mental acuity and speed the healing

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16 pages excerpted from Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils.

Miasm: Typhoid
Sefirah: Malkhut
Constitutional Type: Neurasthenia
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Core Perspectives: plant characteristics and historical perspectives; herbal medicine and aromatherapy; the mosquito and the homeopathic remedy Culex; the blood; astral body, spirit body, animal soul and higher soul; neurasthenia; Typhoid miasm; Malkhut.

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