Extracted from a fruit belonging to the “Citrus” family is an essential oil known as Citron Oil. This oil is derived from a fruit belonging to the “Citrus Medica” in the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil is extracted from the peel of the fruit using a process known as “cold process”. In addition, the fruit used to produce this oil is mainly found in Italy in an island known as Sicily. This oil also possesses an extremely refreshing and sweet aroma. It is also commonly used in aromatherapy and as insect repellents.
A. Chemical constituents of Citron Oil:
This oil is extracted from a fruit belonging to a species known as “Citrus Medica” in the plant kingdom. In addition, this oil mainly comprises of organic compounds such as limonene, β-pinene, γ-terpinene, neral, geranial, nerol and geraniol.
B. The uses and benefits of the Citron Oil:
There are a few benefits to using Citron Oil. However, one should also consider the adverse reactions or side effects reported from its use:
This oil comprises of curative properties that help inhibit the growth of microorganisms, and thereby serve as an antimicrobial.
This oil also possesses useful “antibiotic” properties and when used helps in inhibiting or destroying the growth of microorganism and help in treating several bacterial and viral infections.
C. The adverse effects of the Citron Oil:
Unfortunately, there are number of adverse effects derived from this oil that also follows the benefits. They are as follows:
- Using this oil could lead to skin irritations especially in those individuals who posses sensitive skin.
- Similar to other oils, this oil can be extremely harmful to pregnancy and hence pregnant women must avoid using it.