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Articles » Chemical Investigation of a New Cultivar of Purple Basil (Ocimum basillcum cv. Opal) from Iran

Abstract: The oil isolated by hydro-distillation of the flowering aerial parts of Ocimum
basilicum cv. Opal in an all glass Clevenger-type apparatus gave light-yellowish oil with yield of
0.53% (W/W) based on dry weight. Twenty-one compounds were identified in our investigation in the
oil of purple basil cv. Opal. The major components were found to be linalool (49.41%), methyl chavicol
(19.41%), 1,8-cineole (13.70%), epi-α-cadinol (2.60%) and eugenol (2.20%).
: Dr.Reza Omidbaigi
Keywords: ocimum basilicum - linalool - methyl chavicol - 1,8-cineol - epi-α-cadinol