• Printed Journal
  • Indexed Journal
  • Refereed Journal
  • Peer Reviewed Journal
Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Vol. 10, Issue 1 (2021)

Rapid and feasible TLC screening of tea tree oil commercial samples

Author(s):

Anna Piovan, Rosy Caniato, Paola Brun, Vanessa Dalla Costa and Raffaella Filippini

Abstract:
Tea tree oil is an essential oil used for medical and health purposes consisting of a complex mixture of organic compounds present in high or trace amounts. Several factors (i.e. chemotype, environmental conditions, preparation procedures) can affect the composition and consequently the biological properties, therefore, quality assurance is a key requisite to guarantee reproducibility among batches. Compliance with ISO standards by gas-chromatography mass-spectrometry techniques are universally accepted in check of tea tree oil formulations, while adulterations might be overlooked. In this study we set a TLC protocol for the easy and cheap evaluation of tea tree oil batches purchased from the marketplace and, coupled to the European Pharmacopoeia assay of fatty oils, for the detection of adulterations. This protocol aims to be a procedure for the quality evaluation of tea tree oil in small laboratories not equipped with expensive analytical instruments and by health professionals dealing with herbal medicines.

Pages: 175-180  |  1772 Views  960 Downloads


Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry
How to cite this article:
Anna Piovan, Rosy Caniato, Paola Brun, Vanessa Dalla Costa and Raffaella Filippini. Rapid and feasible TLC screening of tea tree oil commercial samples. J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2021;10(1):175-180. DOI: 10.22271/phyto.2021.v10.i1c.13304

Call for book chapter