Kathirvel Poonkodi


Essential oils are complex mixtures of biological active substances used for fragrance and traditional medicine since long back. It contains mainly triterpenes and aromatic compounds, the chemical composition of the essential oils vary with seasonal, geographical and climatic conditions. Recently there are more researches focused on their chemical profiles and its medicinal properties. Due to their antimicrobial, antifungal, insecticidal, larvicidal and antioxidant properties, they are used as alternatives for synthetic chemical products to reduce cost and side effects. The genus Ocimum comprising of more than 150 species grows widely throughout the world. This review focused mainly on the chemical composition of Ocimum basilicum essential oil and its biological activities.

Keywords: Ocimum basilicum, Lamiaceae, Linalool, Methyl cinnamate, Methyl chavicol, Eugenol

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