Progress in Essential Oils

Petitgrain or Citrus Leaf Oils In 1993, the composition of the range of petitgrain or the leaf oils of commercially important Citrus species were reviewed (Lawrence 1993). This current review will address the recent published literature and those studies that were not included last time. Each Citrus species will be treated separately.

Citrus aurantifolia (Christm. et Panz.) Swingle Key lime, or Mexican lime, is the common name for this species. A leaf oil of Galego lime (C. aurantifolia) was analyzed by Calvarano et al. (1982). It was found to possess the following composition:

The leaves of the Mexican cultivar of C. aurantifolia grown in Cameroon were collected in the short dry season (July to August). Oils produced from the leaves was examined chromatographically using a combination of GC and GC/MS by Jazet Dongmo et al. (1998).

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