Are citronella geraniums edible?
Also question is, can you consume citronella?
When taken by mouth: Citronella oil seems to be safe for most people in the small amounts found in foods. But it's LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in large amounts. When applied to the skin: Citronella oil is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when applied to the skin as an insect repellent.
Secondly, does citronella come 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.
Accordingly, are geranium leaves edible?
The leaves and flowers of scented geraniums are edible. Thanks to the essential oils in their leaves, they lend not only decorative touches but also a fine aroma to meat dishes, salads and desserts. Varieties with a lemon aroma add zest to salads, sorbets or tea.
What do I do with my citronella plant?
Aromatherapy Scents. 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.