Remember the last Dumpling Festival? Did your mother or grandmother hang a pair of small bundle of sweet-scented grass in the morning on top of the door? Did they claim that the grass has the power to dispel evil when you use the water boiled with the leave for bathing? Did you remember the distinct, unmistakable lemon-like fragrance that left you feeling very invigorated? That leaf is none other than Citronnelle.

Description of Citronnelle

Like lemongrass and rosemary, citronnelle also belongs to the grass family, which is rich in essential oil. Citronnelle originates in India, belonging to the sweet-scented grass family there. These are about 40 different species of citronnelle; each contains high fibre and citral. It is a perennial herb widely cultivated in the tropics and sub-tropics. Its long narrow leaves are much like that of the wheat grass, and are easily mistaken for weeds. To differentiate between citronnelle leaves and weeds, just pluck a section of the leaf and rub it between the fingers. If it is a citronnelle that you have plucked, the distinctive lemon-like fragrance will immediately invigorate you. Although there are many different species of citronnelle, they all grow high and tall, reaching to a height of about 1.2m to 1.5m. Wild citronnelle can be found in highlands, while cultivated citronnelle is found along the coastal regions. Since the plant rarely flowers or yield seeds, propagation is by the roots or plant division. The leaves of the plant can be harvested when they reach 8 months old. The plant grows well in warm, humid climate, and this is exactly what Taiwan has to offer. The most popular species that is cultivated in Taiwan actually originated from Sri Lanka, New Guinea and Guyana.

Origins of Citronnelle

During the period of Taiwans reconstruction, Taiwan was very reliant on the natural resources that are widely found on this island. At that time, citronnelle was found growing wildly around the Xinzhu and Miaoli regions. Taiwan became the number one producer of citronnelle essential oil extracted from these wild plants. But, as chemically derived fragrances get more and more popular with consumers, the demand for pure citronnelle essential oil fell drastically. Presently, some 40 to 50 years later, even the younger generations do not know what citronnelle is! Fortunately, as the world progresses, many different cuisines started to be introduced to people worldwide. Our younger generations were re-introduced to citronnelle through the sourish, spicy Asian cuisine which uses a lot of citronnelle, especially in their seafood soup, sauces, curry and even desserts. Citronnelle not only provides us with essential oil, its long leaves could also be boiled to obtain scented water for a long refreshing bath. It could also be boiled with mint leaves to provide a pot of invigorating drink.

Effectiveness of Citronnelle

The citronnelle essential oil is extracted from its leaves through the process of steam distillation, and the colour of its oil range from amber yellow to dark brown, with a very distinct and strong lemon scent. According to ancient Chinese medicinal records, citronnelle helps to stop nausea and alleviate heart pains. Bathing with water boiled with citronnelle leaves helps to emanate an ethereal fragrance. According to records, citronnelle helps in indigestion, strengthens the stomach, eases muscle tension, nourishes the skin and beautifies the complexion. With such excellent benefits, Bel'Air is proud to bring you the citronnelle essential oil to give you the ultimate relaxation so that you can enjoy a better nights sleep.

In The News:

Whetting Industry's Taste for Alternative Drying Methods  Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Cage-free layer houses are not 'alternative' anymore  WATTAgNet Industry News & Trends
An alternative holiday  Chicago Daily Herald

Pain Relief: Is There an Alternative?

Do you rely on Vioxx, Celebrex or Aleve (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory... Read More

A Rose is Not Just a Rose

The rose is perhaps one of the most powerful symbols... Read More

Air Purifiers And Air Filters Can Help The Health Of Allergy And Asthma Sufferers

Indoor air pollution in the form of dander, dust and... Read More

Sheepskin Underlays, For a Better Sleep

Sheepskin a better sleep If you want a better sleep,... Read More

How to Use a Footbath with Herbs

Recently I read a book by William L. Fischer called... Read More

Herbal Products

HERBAL PRODUCTS are comprised of herbal care remedies, such as... Read More

Crystal Healing ? Do Crystal and Gemstone Healing Therapies Really Work?

Crystals and gemstones have been valued for centuries for their... Read More

How Many Bowel Movements Should You Have Each Day?

Most doctors don't ask you about your regularity. They may... Read More

Ayurveda Approach to Genital Herpes

Dosha theory which help in diagnosis of the diseases.According to... Read More

You Don?t Have to Live With Stiff Neck Pain

Getting quality sleep has, for many, become an elusive goal... Read More

As The Primary Caregiver, Should I Journal My Feelings About Alzheimer?s Disease?

Being a caregiver is stressful and difficult. It involves contradictory... Read More

ReFidolize: The Majic Missy Mix Includes Medicinal Mushrooms

Autoimmune disorders, lupus, Sjogrens, MS, IBS, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, leukemia... Read More

Enhanced Healing Through Music

Music has always been a very important part of our... Read More

Sick Building Syndrome and Indoor Climate Control

The problem of high levels of CO2 in ambient air... Read More

Constipation and Toxicity

Having regular constipation can lead to some serious illnesses. Fecal... Read More

Hypnosis: Benefits You Can?t Live Without

Hypnosis In The Real WorldWhen you think of hypnosis, do... Read More

Back Pain and Pain in Other Extremities: If Nothing Else Has Worked, Try Doing Visualizations

(*In this group are included pain in the back, neck,... Read More

Olive Oil: One of the Original Seven Wonders?

Is Olive Oil one of Nature's seven original wonders?According to... Read More

If Youre Unhappy with Your Pain Relief Meds, Heres a Whole New Class You Havent Tried

The 8 That Are Produced in Your BrainWhen you're in... Read More

Natural Sleep Aid Tips and Remedies

This article is a summary of some of the sleep... Read More

4 Natural Home Remedies to Ease the Pain of Sunburn

At some time or another, we've all experienced the effects... Read More

Demystifying Hands On Healing

While hands-on healing is probably the easiest of skills to... Read More

Superb Skin Disorder Relief found in Common Diaper Rash Ointment

"Accidental" discoveries are made each day. Common substances can sometimes... Read More

Gearing Up for Flu Season

Well, flu season is coming upon us quickly, and most... Read More

Alzheimers Disease: Notes from a Medical Intuitive?s Casebook

In my medical intuitive practice, I have often been consulted... Read More