💊 Chemical information

Cytral. 3,7-Dimethyl-2,6-octadienal.
Chemical formula: C10H16O = 152.2.
CAS — 5392-40-5 (citral); 141-27-5 (geranial); 106-263 (neral).

💊 Profile

Citral is a terpenoid constituent of lemon oil, lemon grass oil, melissa oil, and many other essential oils; it exists as 2 isomers, trans-citral (geranial) and cis-citral (neral). It has been used in preparations for respiratory-tract, musculoskeletal, and other disorders. It is also used as a flavour and perfume.


1. Heydorn S, et al. Citral a fragrance allergen and irritant. Contact Dermatitis 2003; 49: 32–6.

💊 Preparations

Proprietary Preparations

Multi-ingredient: Fr.: Bronchorectine au Citral; Switz.: Carmol Plus†.
Published April 16, 2019.