Methyeugenol is a phenol as found in estragole type basil, black tea tree, fennel, laurel, nutmeg, snakeroot, and tarragon. Excessive use may be carcinogenic.
Phenols are potent chemicals with strong therapeutic actions, but safety concerns: overuse can be toxic to the liver or genotoxic. Phenols can also be a skin and mucous membrane irritant.
Links to Plants Containing Methyeugenol
The listings of research below represents a compilation of scientific articles found on the topic, with a very brief overview description of each article/study. This compilation of research articles does not necessarily imply that there are adequate results to demonstrate safe and/or effective human use of any herb listed.
- Methyleugenol completely inhibited systemic anaphylaxis induced in mice by affecting histamine release and over-expression in mast cells. From: Shin, B. K., Lee, E. H., & Kim, H. M. (1997). Suppression ofl-Histidine Decarboxylase mRNA Expression by Methyleugenol. Biochemical and biophysical research communications, 232(1), 188-191. Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/bbrc.1997.6260
By: Kathy Sadowski