Vasiliki Lagouri - Composition and antioxidant activity of essential oils from oregano plants grown wild in Greece

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  Lagouri V., Blekas   G., Tsimidou M., Kokkini S., Boskou D. (1993). Zeitschrift fur   Lebensmittel Unterscuchung und Forschung 197(1), 20-23


  In this study, four samples of essential oils obtained from plant   species with a wide distribution in

  Greece and economic importance for the world-wide spice market   and also carvacrol and thymol were tested for their possible   antioxidant activity. The four plant species were Origanum   vulgare subsp, hirtum, O. onites, Coridothymus   capitatus and Satureja thymbra. The essential oils   were chemically characterised by gas chromatography-ion trap   detection. All the essential oils examined and also carvacrol and   thymol were found to have antioxidant activity when tested on TLC   plates and by measuring peroxide values of lard stored at 35 ~ C.   The results indicate that the antioxidant effect may be related   to the presence of carvacrol and thymol in essential oils.

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