Overview

Perillyl alcohol is a chemical found in certain plants such as lavender and citrus fruits.

People use perillyl alcohol for conditions such as various cancers, for skin damage caused by long-term sun exposure, and as a mosquito repellent, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work ?

There isn't enough information to know how perillyl alcohol might work against cancer. Test tube research and research in animals suggest that perillyl alcohol might prevent cancer cells from growing. But there is not enough information to know if perillyl alcohol has this effect in people.

Perillyl alcohol seems to repel mosquitoes. There isn't enough information to know how perillyl alcohol might do this.

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