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Progress in Essential Oils

By: Brian M. Lawrence
Posted: November 30, 2011, from the December 2011 issue of P&F magazine.

Atlas Cedar Needle Oil
A needle oil of Cedrus atlantica (Endl.) G. Manetti produced in Morocco was analyzed by Lahlou et al. (2000). The main constituents characterized in this oil were:

α-pinene (34.2%)
β-pinene (31.8%)
myrcene (17.3%)
β-phellandrene (1.6%)
limonene (5.1%)
α-terpineol (5.1%)
β-caryophyllene (1.6%)
α-copaene (0.3%)

Yassaa et al. (2000) measured the terpenoid composition in the ambient air surrounding trees of C. atlantica and identified the following volatile compounds:

They were also able to show that the limonene and α-fenchyl alcohol were characterized in their (R)–(+)–forms.

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