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Progress in Essential Oils

By: Brian M. Lawrence, Consultant
Posted: March 18, 2009, from the April 2009 issue of P&F magazine.

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  • April 2009 issue, pg 54
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An oil and a supercritical fluid CO2 extract that were produced from the flowers of Roman chamomile plants grown in Iran from seeds obtained from Hungary were the subject of analysis by Omidbaigi et al. (2003). They concluded the obvious—that the oil contained more volatiles than the extract.

Rarely used in flavor and fragrance due to a lack of availability, isolates of flouve (oil and absolute) possess a strong sweet, coumarinic tobaccolike odor. The absolute is reminiscent of some well-known English pipe tobaccos. It is obtained either by extraction or distillation of the flowering tops of a forage grass found in the Mediterranean region, botanically known as Anthoxanthum odoratum L.

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