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Molecules 2016, 21(9), 1162; doi:10.3390/molecules21091162

Comparison of the Essential Oil Composition of Selected Impatiens Species and Its Antioxidant Activities

Department of Pharmaceutical Botany, Medical University of Lublin, Chodźki 1 St., 20-093 Lublin, Poland
Institute of General Food Chemistry, Lodz University of Technology, Stefanowskiego 4/10 St., 90-924 Łódź, Poland
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Medical University of Lublin, Jaczewskiego 4, 20-090 Lublin, Poland
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Academic Editor: Derek J. McPhee
Received: 18 July 2016 / Revised: 24 August 2016 / Accepted: 26 August 2016 / Published: 1 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Natural Products)
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The present paper describes the chemical composition of the essential oils obtained by hydrodistillation from four Impatiens species, Impatiens glandulifera Royle, I. parviflora DC., I. balsamina L. and I. noli-tangere L. The GC and GC-MS methods resulted in identification of 226 volatile compounds comprising from 61.7%–88.2% of the total amount. The essential oils differed significantly in their composition. Fifteen compounds were shared among the essential oils of all investigated Impatiens species. The majority of these constituents was linalool (0.7%–15.1%), hexanal (0.2%–5.3%) and benzaldehyde (0.1%–10.2%). Moreover, the antioxidant activity of the essential oils was investigated using different methods. The chemical composition of the essential oils and its antioxidant evaluation are reported for the first time from the investigated taxon. View Full-Text
Keywords: Impatiens; Balsaminaceae; herb; root; essential oils; antioxidants; PCA Impatiens; Balsaminaceae; herb; root; essential oils; antioxidants; PCA

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Szewczyk, K.; Kalemba, D.; Komsta, Ł.; Nowak, R. Comparison of the Essential Oil Composition of Selected Impatiens Species and Its Antioxidant Activities. Molecules 2016, 21, 1162.

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