Verbenone is a ketone as found in rosemary and verbena.
Many ketones can be toxic internally and topically. Some can be convulsent, toxic to the liver, or neurotoxic in high doses. Do not overuse or use for prolonged periods of time.
Links to Plants Containing Verbenone
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.
- Verbenone mimics beetle pheromones that can act as a natural insecticide. From: Brand, J. M., Bracke, J. W., Britton, L. N., Markovetz, A. J., & Barras, S. J. (1976). Bark beetle pheromones: Production of verbenone by a mycangial fungus ofDendroctonus frontalis. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 2(2), 195-199
By: Kathy Sadowski