Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3778

Full Length Research Paper

Chemical composition and antioxidant activity of Euphorbia fischeriana essential oil from China

Jie Cui1, Xin Yang1,2*, Ai-jun Dong1, Da-you Cheng1, Jing Wang2, Hai-tian Zhao1, Ren-bo Xu1, Pu Wang1 and Wen-jing LI2
1School of Food Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, 150090, China. 2Key Laboratory of Agro-product Quality and Safety, Institute of Quality Standard and Testing Technology for Agro-Product, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, 100081 Beijing, China.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 05 July 2011
  •  Published: 23 September 2011


The chemical composition of Euphorbia fischeriana essential oil from north China was analyzed by gas chromatography (GC) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry(GC/MS), 43 components were identified. β- Eudesmol (18.22%), p-Menth-8-en-2-ol (9.36%), Caryophyllene oxide (8.61%), β-Selinenol (6.83%), Cedrol (4.30%) and β-Selinene (4.21%) were the main components in the oil of E. fischeriana. The antioxidant activity of E. fischeriana essential oil determinated spectrophotometrically with 2,2-Diphenyl-1-Picrylhydrazyl (DPPH), indicated an IC50 value of 57.24 μg/ml.


Key words: Euphorbia fischeriana, essential oil, antioxidant activity.