Cymbopogon citratus from which Citral Essential oil is derived is a species of grass which is a fast growing, tall, aromatic perennial grass growing up to around 1.5 metres in height. Errors are often made in comparing Citral with Lemongrass. They are, indeed, similar in many respects but Lemongrass essential oil is derived from the Cymbopogon flexuosus, a related plant.
It is relatively easy for the individual to grow in temperate climates but is not at all frost resistant so needs indoor protection in Winter.
Reported Attributes of Citral Essential Oil:-
Traditional and Emotional uses reportedly include:-
From a spiritual point of view, Citral is regarded as uplifting and zesty Antiseptic and insect repellent
Citral Essential Oil Blends Well With:-
All other Citrus oils and Rosewood, Cedar, Lavender, Fir, Peru Balsam.
Traditional Indian medicine has used Citral Essential Oil to treat infectious illness and fever. It is considered sudorific, antiperiodic, and anticatarrhal, while the essential oil is used as carminative, depressant, analgesic, antipyretic, antibacterial, and an effective antifungal agent.
In Brazil it is believed to have anxiolytic, hypnotic, and anticonvulsant properties.
Citral oil contains 65-85% Citral, myrcene, citronella, citronellol and geraniol. Mixed with Virgin Coconut oil it is sometimes called Negros oil.
Avoid in glaucoma and with children. Use caution in prostatic hyperplasia and with skin hypersensitivity or damaged skin.