Neral Molecule or Citral-B, the Z-Isomer of Citral

Molecular diagram showing single oxygen double bonded to a chain of carbons with two side branches and two double bonds in the mixView Full Resolution

This photo shows the molecular diagram of Neral, also called Citral-B, which is the Z-Isomer of Citral. Neral has a somewhat lemony aroma, less lemony than Geranial, but sweeter-smelling. This substance is a terpenoid, and occurs naturally in citrus as well as various lemon-scented herbs, including lemongrass, lemon balm, lemon verbena, lemon myrtle, and others.

It has numerous medicinal effects.

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