Studies on the essential oils of the pakistani species of the family umbelliferae part lii. bupleurum stewartianum seed oil
Ahmad, M.; Maqbool, J.R.; Sabir, A.W.; Bhatty, M.K.
Pakistan Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research 30(8): 601-602
ISSN/ISBN: 0030-9885 Accession: 006516368
Bupleurum stewartianum belongs to the genus Bupleurum of N.O. Umbelliferae. The physico-chemical properties and the chemical composition of the essential oil of the seed of Bupleurum stewartianum have been studied. The yield of the B. stewartianum seed oil is 0.3% and has the following composition: .alpha.-pinene (1.98%), .alpha.-thujene (1.65%), santene (9.30%), camphene (3.45%), myrcene (3.64%), .beta.-phellandrene (2.46%), limonene (2.34%), .gamma.-terpinene (1.21%), p-cymene (1.02%), geranyl acetate (9.14%), citronellyl acetate (8.40%), borneol (2.86%), .alpha.-terpineol (20.4%), coumarins (21.34%) and a mixture of hydroxy compounds (3.45%). Certain species of the genus Bupleurum have been used medicinally for stomach and liver ailments. However, the physiological effects of the oil will have to be evaluated for determining the medicinal importance of the oil.