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Información tecnológica

versão On-line ISSN 0718-0764

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ACEVEDO, Diofanor; NAVARRO, Mario  e  MONTERO, Piedad. Chemical Composition of the Essential Oil from Lemon Balm Leaves (Melissa officinalis L.). Inf. tecnol. [online]. 2013, vol.24, n.4, pp.49-54. ISSN 0718-0764.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-07642013000400006.

Chemical composition of Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis L.) grown in Coloso, Department of Sucre in Colombia, using the technique of gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry was determined. This was done to establish the variability in the chemical composition caused by weather conditions presented region. Lemon balm is used in this community in aromatic beverages and as a natural tranquilizer, considering its several antioxidant, microbiological, preserving and aromatic properties. eugenol was determined as the major component 45.47%, followed caryophyllene, α-caryophyllene, 3-methyl-4-isopropyl phenol, germacrene D, with 40.77%, 2.94%, 1.52% and 1.17% respectively. According to the results, the essential oil of lemon balm agrees with the eugenol chemotype.

Palavras-chave : Melissa officinalis L; eugenol; gas chromatography; mass spectrometry.

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