Chemistry of Natural Compounds

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 250–253 | Cite as

Effect of distillation methods and harvesting times on the essential oil and cineole content of Eucalyptus dealbata

  • F. Sefidkon
  • A. Bahmanzadegan
  • M. H. Assareh

There are over 700 different species of Eucalyptus in the world, of which at least 500 produce a type of essential oil. The leaves and oils of many Eucalyptus species are especially used for respiratory aliments such as bronchitis and croup [1, 2, 3, 4], and the dried leaves are smoked like tobacco for asthma in some countries. Some of the Eucalyptus species are also used for feverish conditions (malaria, typhoid, cholera, etc.) and skin problems like burns, ulcers, and wounds [5]. Aqueous extracts are used for aching joints, bacterial dysentery, ringworms, tuberculosis, etc. and employed for similar reasons in western and eastern medicine. The Eucalyptusoils and their main component (1,8-cineole) are largely employed in the preparation of liniments, inhalants, cough syrups, ointments, toothpaste, and pharmaceutical flavorings. They are also used in veterinary practice and dentistry, and as fragrance components in soaps, detergents, and toiletries, but are little used in perfumes....


Limonene Cineole Eucalyptus Species Distillation Method Geranyl Acetate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Sefidkon
    • 1
  • A. Bahmanzadegan
    • 2
  • M. H. Assareh
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Institute of Forests and RangelandsTehranIran
  2. 2.Department of Phytochemistry, Medicinal Plants and Drugs Research InstituteShahid Beheshti UniversityEvin, TehranIran

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