Lavender is indigenous to the Mediterranean and has been used medicinally for its relaxing and healing properties.

Compounds of Interest Applications

Linalool
Linalyl acetate
Lavandulyl acetate
Camphor
1,8-cineole
Rosmarinic acid
Borneol
Beta-carophyllene
Beta-farnesene
Myrcene
Alpha-pinene
Beta-pinene

Flavour in food and fragrance
Pharmaceutical applications:

  • anticonvulsive, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant
  • Functions against MRSA and VREF

Specifically:

  • Linalool/linalyl acetate: sedative, local anaesthetic
  • Borneol: natural insect repellant
  • Camphor: antimicrobial, improves sleep quality
  • Rosmarinic acid: antioxidant
Why SFE

Flavours/scent most closely resembles natural product because of retention of thermolabile components

Retain compounds that are unavailable from steam distillation methods

SFE provides the highest oil yield and the highest concentration of sesquiterpenes compared to other methods

Optimization

1,300psi/48˚ C

Better antioxidant activity is obtained from runs at lower conditions