Betel Leaf Oil
Betel leaf oil, also known as Piper betle leaf oil, is derived from the leaves of the betel plant (Piper betle) through steam distillation or solvent extraction methods. It is a pale yellow or brownish-yellow liquid that possesses a characteristic odor.
The chemical composition of betel leaf oil is complex and diverse, consisting of various bioactive compounds such as phenols, terpenes, flavonoids, and alkaloids. Major components of betel leaf oil include eugenol, chavicol, catechol, terpeneols, and allylpyrocatechol. These compounds contribute to the unique properties and potential health benefits of betel leaf oil.
Betel leaf oil exhibits antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant, antifungal, and insecticidal properties. It has been traditionally used in Ayurveda and other traditional medicine systems for its medicinal properties. It is often utilized topically as a natural remedy for various skin conditions like wounds, ulcers, itching, and fungal infections.
Furthermore, betel leaf oil has shown potential therapeutic effects on respiratory disorders, such as asthma, bronchitis, and cough. It acts as an expectorant, helping to expel mucus and alleviate symptoms of respiratory congestion. Its antimicrobial activity also aids in the prevention and treatment of respiratory infections.
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|Botanical name||Piper Betle|
|Origin||volatile oil obtained by the steam distillation of the leaves of the piper betle.|
|Appearance||Pale yellow to brownish yellow|
|Density||0.996 – 1.037 @25°C|
|Refractive index||1.490 – 1.550 @20°C|
|Optical rotation||-4º to 0º|
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