Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3834

Full Length Research Paper

A new source of natural D-borneol and its characteristic

Lei Chen1, Jianyu Su1*, Lin Li1, Bing Li1 and Wang Li2
1Department of Food Science and Technology, South China University of Technology, 510642 Guangzhou, Peoples Republic of China. 2Food Safety Key Laboratory of Guangdong Province, College of Food Science, South China Agricultural University, 510642 Guangzhou, Peoples Republic of China.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 28 February 2011
  •  Published: 04 August 2011


The essential oils from leaves of Mei Pian tree (a Cinnamomun burmannii physiological type), were obtained by hydro-distillation and analyzed by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Forty compounds representing 99.61% of the total oil containing D-borneol (78.6%) as the major component were obtained. D-borneol was purified by sublimation, and the characteristic of the refined D-borneol was compared with standard D-borneol and synthetic borneol by infrared spectra analysis and optical activity analysis. The chemical composition and the optical rotation of refined D-borneol from leaves of Mei Pian tree were extremely similar to the standard D-borneol and materially surpass synthetic borneol. Antioxidant activities of the refined D-borneol and standard D-borneol were determined by testing their DPPH and hydroxyl radicals scavenging activities and the reducing power. The refined D-borneol and standard D-borneol had the same antioxidant activity. They exhibited higher hydroxyl radicals scavenging activity, but weaker reducing power, compared with the synthetic borneol.


Key words: Borneol, D-borneol, synthetic borneol, gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC-MS), antioxidant activity.