Noun. a light-yellowish pungent oil, distilled from citronella, used in the manufacture of liniment, perfume, and soap, and as an insect repellent.
Oil of citronella is a naturally occurring insect and animal repellent distilled from two grass varieties. It is yellow to brown and has a grassy/floral smell. However, the main components are citronellol, citronellal, and geraniol. Oil of citronella is also commonly found in foods and beverages as a flavoring agent.
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. Lung damage has been reported.