Asked by: Ari Avakov
asked in category: General Last Updated: 29th January, 2020

What can I do with citronella leaves?

While citronella is best known for its insect-repellent properties, it can also be used in aromatherapy to eliminate fatigue, alleviate headaches and improve energy levels. Both the essential oil and the crushed leaves are effective, though the pure oil is a little stronger.

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Also to know is, does citronella grow back every year?

Also called mosquito plant, the citronella geranium cultivar is a perennial in USDA plant hardiness zones 9b through 11. In other areas, it is either left in the ground and grown as an annual or dug up before winter and kept inside until spring.

Similarly, how do you use fresh citronella leaves? Citronella oil is derived from the leaves and stems of nard or lemon grass and it is widely used as a non-toxic, natural insect repellent, used in lotions, candles or lamps to keep mosquitoes away. You can also plant citronella directly in your garden.

Just so, can you eat citronella leaves?

Citronella geraniums are edible, yes! This plant is part of the (edible) geranium family. Both the flowers and leaves are scented, and both are edible. For this citronella syrup, we're using the leaves (not the flowers).

Should I cut back my citronella plant?

Prune citronella grass in late winter or early spring to reshape the plant and maintain the size that works in your landscape. Citronella grass can grow to heights of 5 to 6 feet with cane-like stems and flat green leaves. Periodic pruning maintains plant shape and keeps the grass at a manageable size.

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