Eudesmol is a sesquiterpenoid alcohol as found in cypress, valerian, tansy, vetiver, and Eucalyptus smithii.
Alcohols are the most therapeutically beneficial type of component in an essential oil, and have a low toxicity for safer use with fragile populations (like the elderly). Alcohols can be sensitizing when oxidized, so proper storage is important.
Links to Plants Containing Eudesmol
- β-eudesmol, a sesquiterpenoid alcohol isolated from Atractylodes lancea rhizomes inhibited angiogenesis. From: Tsuneki, H., Ma, E. L., Kobayashi, S., Sekizaki, N., Maekawa, K., Sasaoka, T., … & Kimura, I. (2005). Antiangiogenic activity of β-eudesmol in vitro and in vivo. European journal of pharmacology, 512(2), 105-115. Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejphar.2005.02.035
- Beta eudesmol and paeonol from D. japonica showed antimutagenic activity. From: Miyazawa, M., Shimamura, H., Nakamura, S. I., & Kameoka, H. (1996). Antimutagenic activity of (+)-β-eudesmol and paeonol from Dioscorea japonica. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, 44(7), 1647-1650.
- Beta eudesmol reduced seizures in rats. From: Chiou, L. C., Ling, J. Y., & Chang, C. C. (1997). Chinese herb constituent β-eudesmol alleviated the electroshock seizures in mice and electrographic seizures in rat hippocampal slices. Neuroscience letters, 231(3), 171-174.
By: Kathy Sadowski