As the name suggests, citral gives off an aroma reminiscent of citrus fruits, especially lemon. A strain known for its citral content is aptly named « Citral ». Isolated citral can be naturally obtained from lemon myrtle, lemongrass, lemon verbena, lemons, limes, and oranges.
Some known medicinal uses of citral are antioxidant, antimicrobial, antifungal, muscle-relaxant, and sedative.
When added to foods or beverages, this terpene brings a sweet lemon flavor to the table and acts as a food preservative due to its antioxidant properties.