EUCALYPTOL

Eucalyptol, or 1,8-cineole, is a monoterpene ester that practically constitutes the entirety of eucalyptus essential oil, from which it derives its name. However, it is widely distributed in the plant kingdom. It exhibits repellent and insecticidal activity, although certain orchids produce it to attract male bees, serving as a bee attractant. Eucalyptol is used as a food additive for flavoring, and products containing it must have a concentration of 0.002% because higher amounts may affect the central nervous system (CNS), potentially even exhibiting psychotropic effects. It is widely employed in the cosmetic and chemical industries but is classified as a toxic substance for reproduction. Some studies have demonstrated certain clinical efficacy of eucalyptol in asthma, sinusitis, and as a local anti-inflammatory and analgesic.

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