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Most Common Name: Citral
Also Known As (other names): 

Citral: A Monoterpene Aldehyde consisting of isomers geranial and neral which combined are known as Citral.

Citral has sedative, antiviral and antibacterial effects.

Aldehydes: Aldehydes are a class of highly reactive chemical compounds that are intermediate between acids and alcohols, containing less hydrogen than alcohols and less oxygen than acids.
Aldehydes are mostly irritants and can cause skin irritation in even when diluted. Monoterpene Aldehydes are geranial, citronellal, citral (which is responsible for the sharp distinctive citric smell) while Cyclic Aldehydes are also known as aromatic Aldehydes have far more cloying and sweet smells like Cinnamic Aldehyde and Benzaldehyde, which are Cyclic Aldehydes, widely used in the perfume industry.
If ingested aldehydes are very irritant to the gastrointestinal tract, causing nausea and diarrhoea.

For further detail see specific aldehydes:
Geranial
Citronellal
Neral
Citral
Cinnamic Aldehyde
Benzaldehyde

 

 

 

Citral constituent is present in:

Medicinally Significant volume

Minor volume
Citral is present in small quantities which may not be enough to be a significant dosage for medicinal purposes or Citral is not the major constituent of this plant/herb

   

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