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Progress in Essential Oils

By: Brian M. Lawrence
Posted: July 26, 2006, from the August 2006 issue of P&F magazine.

Carrot Oil

Staniszewska and Kula (2001) analyzed the composition of a lab-prepared oil of Daucus carota L. ssp. carota that was obtained from wild carrot fl owering umbels growing in their naturalized habitat in Poland. Using a combination of GC and GC/MS, the oil was found to contain the following constituents:

alpha-thujene (0.32 percent)

alpha-pinene (40.67 percent)

camphene (1.64 percent)

sabinene (18.34 percent)

beta-pinene (2.25 percent)

myrcene (7.04 percent)

alpha;-phellandrene (0.03 percent)

alpha-terpinene (0.67 percent)

p-cymene (1.38 percent)

limonene (5.26 percent)

(Z)-beta-ocimene (3.25 percent)

(E)-beta-ocimene (0.98 percent)

gamma-terpinene (1.53 percent)

pinol + cis-sabinene hydrate (0.38 percent)

terpinolene (0.41 percent)

linalool (0.99 percent)

alpha-campholenal (0.11 percent)

trans-pinocarveol (0.03 percent)