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Progress in Essential Oils

Brian M. Lawrence

Tansy Oil

von Schantz et al. (1966) determined the changes that took place in the flower oil and leaf oil of camphor chemotype, alpha;-thujone chemotype and the borneol/1,8-cineole chemotype of Tanacetum vulgare L. (tansy) during the lifetime of the inflorescence. The data obtained from the study on the camphor chemotype, alpha;- thujone chemotype and the borneol/1,8-cineole chemotype can be seen in T-1–T-3.

An oil produced from tansy ex T. vulgare L. (syn. Chrysanthemum vulgare Bernh.) was analyzed by Stahl and Scheu (1967). This oil was found to contain umbellulone (70%) and thymol (15–20%) as main constituents. von Schantz and Forsen (1971) analyzed an oil produced from T. vulgare that was found to be rich in beta;-thujone. The composition of this oil was as follows:

alpha-pinene (0.7%)

camphene (0.3%)

beta-pinene (0.3%)

sabinene (5.4%)

alpha-terpinene (0.3%)

1,8-cineole (1.9%)

gamma-terpinene (0.7%)

p-cymene (0.2%)

terpinolene (0.1%)

alpha-thujone (0.5%)

beta-thujone (81.0%)

camphor (0.7%)

terpinen-4-ol (1.2%)

neoisothujyl alcohol (0.4%)

cadinene* (2.4%)

*correct isomer not identified

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