0 Replies Latest reply on Apr 30, 2013 3:20 PM by Emma Fellini

    advice on a book.

    Emma Fellini

      Hello,

       

       

      I am a website creator working on a site about therapeutic properties of chemical compounds found in essential oils and I need a recommendation for a book or a resource about information on this.

       

       

      The quoted info below I found on Wikipedia, it is helpful but the information on different plants is not consistent. With some plants there isn´t even mention of therapeutic properties of the chemical compounds, that´s why I need a book, dictionary or online reliable resource.

       

       

      from Wikipedia:

       

       

      "Medical use and pharmacology

      Chemical compounds present within chamomile have demonstrated the ability to bind GABA receptors, modulate monoamine neurotransmission, and have displayed neuroendocrine effects.[8] Major chemical compounds present within chamomile include apigenin and alpha-bisabolol.[2][8] There is Level B evidence to support the claim that chamomile possesses anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties and chamomile may have clinical applications in the treatment of stress and insomnia.[8]

       

       

      Other classes of chemical compounds found within the chamomile plant include: sesquiterpenes, terpenoids, flavonoids, coumarins such as herniarin and umbelliferone, phenylpropanoids such as chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid, flavones such as apigenin and luteolin, flavanols such as quercetin and rutin, and polyacetylenes.[2][9] Alpha-bisabolol has been shown to have antiseptic properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and has also been demonstrated to reduce pepsin secretion without altering secretion of stomach acid.[9] Umbelliferone has been shown to be fungistatic.[9]Apigenin has demonstrated strong chemopreventive effects.[10] Coumarin compounds present in chamomile such as herniarin and umbelliferone may have blood thinning properties and there is some evidence that chamomile may interact with other medications causing drug-drug interactions.[6]

       

       

      Chamomile has been used for inflammation associated with hemorrhoids when applied topically.[9] Chemical components of chamomile extract have demonstrated anti-inflammatory,[2][4] antihyperglycemic,[2] antigenotoxic,[11] and anticancer properties[2] when examined in vitro and in animal studies.[12]"

       

       

      Also information related to therapeutic properties on these would be helpful:

       

       

      Oxigenated compounds:

      Alcohols:

      Monoterpene alcohols

      Sesquiterpene alcohols

      Phenols:

      Oxides:

      Esthers:

      Ethers:

      Aldehydes:

      Ketones:

      Lactones and coumarins:

      Terpene Hydrocarbons

      Monoterpene hydrocarbons:

      Sesquiterpenes:

       

       

      I rather have the information aimed to the lay person if possible, but that a more scientific mind would find admisible. like a middle ground.

       

       

      Thank you so much in advance, sorry for making you read so much. I tried to be as succinct as possible.

       

       

      Aliyah Nahyhu.