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Question asked by Emma Fellini on Apr 30, 2013

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.

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