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Citronella Candles and How They Can Keep Bugs Away

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Citronella candles are a great way to keep mosquitoes away from you and your family. You might not like using bug spray and prefer something a bit more natural. Recently though studies have found that oil of lemon eucalyptus is more effective against pesky mosquitoes than citronella oil. 

They work by releasing a chemical that is naturally found in citronella plants, proper candles should have citronella essential oil to work well as a mosquito repellent.

The Citronella plant comes in two varieties, Cymbopogon nardus and Cymbopogon winterianus. These perennial grasses are native to Asia and have been used for hundreds of years as an insect repellent. The oil that is extracted from the plant has a recognizable, pleasant smell that acts as a natural repellant.

Citronella candles are an easy and budget-friendly way to repel mosquitos and other insects.

It is important to be prepared for all the pests that come with it. Mosquitos are one of the worst because they can carry life-threatening diseases like Zika, Malaria, West Nile Virus and Yellow Fever if you are in some parts of the world. Luckily in Britain we don’t meet these insects. Citronella oil works well as a repellent even for fleas, ants and above all moths. For cloth moths, cedarwood essential oil is also very good, you can try both of them.

 The first thing that you should know is that there are two types of citronella candles: those using real essential oil and those using fragrance oils, If you are looking for a candle that will replace bugs, it must have essential oil. Fragrance oil might smell nice, but it’s artificially made and has no properties from the plant. Furthermore, scented candles with artificial fragrance can release harmful chemicals in the air.

Real citronella candles are made with oil extracted from lemongrass plants whereas imitation ones usually use artificial scents.

Besides the type of candle, there are also different sizes and shapes available. You can find them in jars, tins

Citronella candles are an excellent, natural way to keep mosquitos at bay. Natural citronella candles emit a scent that mosquitoes find intolerable and will want to leave the area.

The scent of citronella candles is very different than other scented candles. It’s not fruity or sweet smelling like other popular candle scents. Instead, it has a more earthy smell that many people don’t like.

A Citronella candle will work best if you place it in the centre of your patio or window where it can be easily seen by mosquitos flying overhead. Candles are also good for an outdoor gathering in your garden. 

Citronella is a small, creeping herb that is native to the tropics and subtropics, it comes originally from Sri Lanka. The leaves of this plant can be used for their aromatic and medicinal value in many cultures. Citronella has been used for fever, intestinal parasites, digestive and menstrual problems.

A word of caution when burning citronella candles

Citronella essential oils are an effective natural insect repellent. However, citronella should not be applied near pets without first checking with your veterinarian that it is safe for them. Citronella oil can cause stomach pains, central nervous system depression, and seizures in cats and dogs. Fortunately most cats will stay away from your citronella candle as they don’t like its scent, but there is always the adventurous cat. However, essential oils will be more dangerous to your pets if ingested of if you use it on them. 

Choosing the right citronella candle

There are two main types of scented candles – wax and gel. Wax type scented candles burn for many more hours than gel type. Gel type scented candles are lighter and their burn time is shorter than the wax ones.

If you want your citronella candles to last, don’t keep them lit for too long when they’re not being actively used. Also, when using a candle, it’s best to use it in a well-ventilated area. Don’t leave it in places where there’s a lot of traffic because the scent will get lost or diluted by other scents that are present. You could also choose a candle with an essential oil blend which repels insects. Candles are one of the most popular items on Amazon. They come in many different shapes, sizes, and scents that can be used for any occasion or mood. If you have a large area to cover you could buy a candle with two or more wicks. The higher the number of wicks the larger area it will cover. Just always ensure that it has only natural ingredients. 

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