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Chemical composition of essential oils of Turmeric

Chemical Composition of Turmeric

The essential oils of leaves, flowers, rhizomes and roots of turmeric (Curcuma  longa  L., Zingiberaceae) were analysed by GC-MS. The major constituent of flower oil was p-cymene -8-ol (26%) while leaf oil was dominated by α-phellandrene (32.6%). The rhizomes and roots contained ar-turmerone (31% and 48.8% respectively) as major constituents.

Acta Pharm. 52 (2002) 137-141

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