Journal of Oleo Science
Online ISSN : 1347-3352
Print ISSN : 1345-8957
Symposium on the Chemistry of Terpenes, Essential Oils and Aromatics (TEAC)
Volatile Components of the Essential Oil of Artemisia montana and Their Sedative Effects
Kento KunihiroTakao MyodaNoriaki TajimaKotaro GotohTai KaneshimaTakao SomeyaKazuki ToedaTakane FujimoriMakoto Nishizawa
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2017 Volume 66 Issue 8 Pages 843-849


The sedative effects of volatile components in the essential oil of Artemisia montana (“Yomogi”) were investigated and measured using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Major components identified included 1,8-cineol, camphor, borneol, α-piperitone, and caryophyllene oxide. Among them, 1,8-cineol exhibited the highest flavor dilution (FD) value in an aroma extract dilution analysis (AEDA), followed by borneol, o-cymene, β-thujone, and bornyl acetate. The sedative effects of yomogi oil aroma were evaluated by sensory testing, analysis of salivary α-amylase activity, and measurement of relative fluctuation of oxygenated hemoglobin concentration in the brain using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). All results indicated the stress-reducing effects of the essential oil following nasal exposure, and according to the NIRS analysis, 1,8-cineol is likely responsible for the sedative effects of yomogi oil.

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