IT' SUMMER SURVIVAL READINESSS TIME! And I'm sure you know that with the heats comes the bugs and citronella is one of the most effective known insect repellants around. Citronella essentials oils are obtained by the steam distillation of the freshly cut or partially dried grasses of Cymbopogon Winterianus (Family : Poaceae). This is known as the Java type of citronella essential oil. Citronella essential oils are most commonly known for use as an insect repellent but are also used in soaps, perfumes, aromatherapy, cosmetics and candle making. It has also been used as a cleaning agent which makes it a perfect addition to any DIY summer survival arsenal! **special note: Pregnant women should be avoid applying organic citronella essential oil directly.