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Chemical Composition and Biological Activities of Essential Oils of Curcuma Species

Aromatic Plant Research Center, 230 N 1200 E, Suite 102, Lehi, UT 84043, USA
Department of Chemistry, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL 35899, USA
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Nutrients 2018, 10(9), 1196;
Received: 4 August 2018 / Revised: 27 August 2018 / Accepted: 28 August 2018 / Published: 1 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Phytochemicals in Health and Disease)


Members of the genus Curcuma L. have been used in traditional medicine for centuries for treating gastrointestinal disorders, pain, inflammatory conditions, wounds, and for cancer prevention and antiaging, among others. Many of the biological activities of Curcuma species can be attributed to nonvolatile curcuminoids, but these plants also produce volatile chemicals. Essential oils, in general, have shown numerous beneficial effects for health maintenance and treatment of diseases. Essential oils from Curcuma spp., particularly C. longa, have demonstrated various health-related biological activities and several essential oil companies have recently marketed Curcuma oils. This review summarizes the volatile components of various Curcuma species, the biological activities of Curcuma essential oils, and potential safety concerns of Curcuma essential oils and their components.

Graphical Abstract

1. Introduction

The genus Curcuma L. (Zingiberaceae) represents a group of perennial rhizomatous herbs native to tropical and subtropical regions. Curcuma is extensively cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, Australia, and South America [1]. There are approximately 93–100 accepted Curcuma species, however the exact number of species is still controversial [2]. The genus is best known for being an essential source of coloring and flavoring agents in the Asian cuisines, traditional medicines, spices, dyes, perfumes, cosmetics, and ornamental plants [3]. Several Curcuma species are used medicinally in Bangladesh, Malaysia, India, Nepal, and Thailand [4] for treating pneumonia, bronchial complaints, leucorrhea, diarrhea, dysentery, infectious wounds or abscesses, and insect bites [2,4,5]. The rhizome is the most commonly used part of the plant. The main active components of the rhizome are the nonvolatile curcuminoids and the volatile oil [6,7,8]. Curcuminoids (curcumin, demethoxycurcumin, and bisdemethoxycurcumin) are nontoxic polyphenolic derivatives of curcumin that exert a wide range of biological activities [9]. Several phytochemical studies on Curcuma oils led to the identification of sesquiterpenoids and monoterpenoids as the major components [9]. The essential oil (EO) of Curcuma species possesses a wide variety of pharmacological properties, including anti-inflammatory, anticancerous, antiproliferative, hypocholesterolemic, antidiabetic, antihepatotoxic, antidiarrheal, carminative, diuretic, antirheumatic, hypotensive, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiviral, insecticidal, larvicidal, antivenomous, antithrombotic, antityrosinase, and cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) inhibitory activities, among others [7,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17]. Curcuma oils are also known to enhance immune function, promote blood circulation, accelerate toxin elimination, and stimulate digestion [18,19]. C. longa (turmeric) and C. zedoaria (zedoary) are the most extensively studied species of Curcuma due to their high commercial value. Other Curcuma species have been studied to a lesser degree. This review provides an update on recent studies performed on the chemical composition and biological studies on genus Curcuma. The search engines Google Scholar, PubMed, ScienceDirect, and ResearchGate were used to access the literature.

2. Volatile Components of Curcuma spp.

Generally, essential oils of Curcuma species are obtained by hydro- or steam distillation of the fresh or dry rhizome [20]. Alternatively, Curcuma volatiles have also been obtained by solvent extraction or supercritical fluid extraction of the powdered rhizome [21]. More recently, solid-phase microextraction (SPME) has been employed as a solvent-free technique to capture and concentrate volatiles from different plant parts. Industrially, Curcuma oil is produced during oleoresin processing as a byproduct of curcumin extraction [22]. After curcumin is isolated from the oleoresin, the mother liquor (about 70–80%) is known as “curcumin-removed turmeric oleoresin” (CRTO) [22]. The oil is then extracted from CRTO by hexane or other organic solvent, a process that could result in the loss of the highly volatile components during solvent evaporation [21]. The use of alcohols as the solvent for oil extraction might cause esterification, etherification, and acetal formation [21]. The volatile components of different Curcuma species, typically identified by gas chromatography mass spectrometry, are summarized in Table 1. In general, Curcuma species produce a wide variety of volatile sesquiterpenes, monoterpenes, and other aromatic compounds [17,23]. The chemical structures of key volatile components are presented in Figure 1. There is a tremendous variation in the composition of Curcuma essential oils (EOs). Differences in the oil chemical profile might be due to genotype, variety, differential geography, climate, season, cultivation practices, fertilizer application, stress during growth or maturity, harvesting time, stage of maturity, storage, extraction, and analysis methods [24,25,26,27]. However, some of the variation could be due to misidentification of the plant species or some of the components.

2.1. Curcuma longa L.

Curcuma longa (syn. C. domestica Valeton and C. brog Valeton) is also known as “turmeric” worldwide, “kurkum” in Arabic, and “haldi” in Hindi and Urdu. Turmeric is cultivated extensively worldwide but is native to Southeast Asia [76]. It is a perennial herb grown on a very large scale in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, East Indies, Burma, Indonesia, and Northern Australia [66]. In the West, it is produced in Costa Rica, Haiti, Jamaica, Peru, and Brazil [116]. Turmeric is commercially available as a whole rhizome (fresh, dried, and cured by cooking in water, drying in shade, and polishing), turmeric powder, extracts, and oleoresins, with the powder being the most commonly consumed form. India is the largest producer and consumer of turmeric [66,117,118]. The plant is famous for its culinary and medicinal uses. Turmeric is the golden spice that gives many Asian dishes their yellow color and pungent earthy flavor. It is an essential ingredient of curry powders, accounting for about 10–30% of the blend [119]. In traditional medicine, turmeric is extensively used as a carminative, digestive aid, stomachic, appetizer, anthelmintic, tonic and laxative [120]. It is also used for treating fever, gastritis, dysentery, infections, chest congestion, cough, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, jaundice, liver and gall bladder problems, urinary tract infections, skin diseases, diabetic wounds, and menstrual discomfort [66,94,121]. Turmeric is used in many religious rituals, as a dye, and as a cosmetic [122,123]. Turmeric rhizome typically contains carbohydrates (69.4%), protein (6.3%), fat (5.1%), and minerals (3.5%) [124].
Turmeric oleoresin is an orange-red viscous liquid, prepared from the powdered rhizome by solvent extraction with a yield of about 12% [119]. The main active components in the rhizome are essential oil and curcuminoids. The volatile oil is responsible for the turmeric aroma, while the curcuminoids (curcumin and its analogues) are responsible for its bright yellow color [65,119]. It is worth mentioning that curcumin, present in turmeric rhizomes, oleoresin, and CO2 extract, has not been reported in the essential oil [125]. Turmeric chemotypes in the literature vary widely. Hundreds of compounds have been identified from the turmeric EO; however, the major constituents are ar-turmerone, α-turmerone, and β-turmerone, followed by notable amounts of α-zingiberene, curlone, ar-curcumene, α-santalene, santalenone, β-sesquiphellandrene, (Z)-β-ocimene, β-bisabolene, β-caryophyllene, α-phellandrene, (Z)-β-farnesene, humulene oxide, β-selinene, caryophyllene oxide, (E)-γ-atlantone, 1,8-cineole, and terpinolene. Samples from Brazil had (Z)-γ-atlantone, ar-turmerone, and (E)-γ-atlantone [78]. A sample from north-central Nigeria was a mixture of β-bisabolene, (E)-β-ocimene, β-myrcene, 1,8-cineole, α-thujene, α-phellandrene, limonene, zingiberene, and β-sesquiphellandrene [85]. Turmeric EOs from Sri Lanka and São Tomé and Principe had α-phellandrene, α-turmerone, 1,8-cineole, p-cymene, ar-turmerone, β-turmerone, and terpinolene as the main constituents [13,87]. Some turmeric rhizome EOs from India contained 1,8-cineole, α-turmerone, β-caryophyllene, β-elemene, ar-turmerone, β-sesquiphellandrene, camphor, α-farnesene, and (Z, Z)-farnesol [17,86]. Wide variations are also found between the EO obtained from fresh and dry rhizomes. Unfortunately, comparative data on the chemical composition of volatile oil from fresh and dry rhizomes from a single source, single geographical location, and same season are scarce. However, some of the variation could be explained by the rhizome processing. The order of yield is cured > fresh > dried rhizome [67]. Some of the highly volatile low-boiling-point compounds might be lost during rhizome processing that involves grating, heating, drying, and grinding [126]. For example, turmerones are major components in fresh rhizomes, while only minor ones in dry rhizomes, which might be due to oxidation/polymerization of the two conjugated double bonds [23].
Turmeric root EO from Kerala, India contained ar-turmerone (46.8%) and ar-curcumene (7.0%) as the main components [70]. There are seven different chemotypes of the C. longa leaf EO reported so far [94]: (1) ar-turmerone-rich chemotype [94]; (2) α-phellandrene-rich chemotype [66,68,70,83,89,91,95,96]; (3) terpinolene-rich chemotype [84,86,93]; (4) β-sesquiphellandrene-rich chemotype [92]; (5) p-cymene-rich chemotype [90]; (6) 1,8-cineole-rich chemotype [127]; and (7) myrcene-rich chemotype [128]. Turmeric flower EO from India contained p-cymen-8-ol (26.0%) and terpinolene (7.4%) [70], while the floral oil from France had terpinolene (67.4%) as the main component [84].

2.2. Curcuma zedoaria (Christm.) Roscoe

Curcuma zedoaria (syn. C. malabarica Velay, Amalraj and Mural; C. raktakanta Mangaly and M. Sabu) is commonly known as “zedoary” and “white turmeric” in English and “er-jyur” in Chinese. It is native to northeast India and Indonesia [112], but widely cultivated in subtropical regions including India, Southeast Asia, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, and China [109]. Zedoary rhizome looks like ginger from the outside (wrinkled gray, ash-colored) and like turmeric from the inside (brownish red-yellow). It has a less intense aroma that can be rated between turmeric and mango. In addition, the rhizome powder of C. zedoaria is used for culinary purposes because of its unique smell, but has a very bitter and pungent taste, causing many people to substitute it with ginger. Different parts of C. zedoaria have been used for treating hematologic and circulation abnormalities [8], wounds, digestive problems, flatulence, skin diseases, and various infections [129]. Zedoary rhizome extracts exhibit anticancer [130], anti-inflammatory [131], analgesic [132], antiallergic [133], antiparasitic against Entamoeba histolytica [134], antibacterial and antifungal activities [16]. C. zedoaria rhizome oil is mainly composed of sesquiterpenoids (80–85%) and monoterpenoids (15–20%). The reported major components of C. zedoaria rhizome EO include epicurzerene (19.0–46.6%), curzerene (10.4%), curdione (7.0–19.6%), [7,109,110], curzerenone (22.3–31.6%) [111,112], debromofiliforminol (31.5%) [13], 1,8-cineole (18.5–40.8%), β-sesquiphellandrene (21.5%), p-cymene (18.4%), curcumenene (18.7%), and α-phellandrene (14.9%) [17,37]. α-Terpinyl acetate (8.4%), isoborneol (7.0%), dehydrocurdione (9.0%) and selina-4(15),7(11)-dien-8-one (9.4%) are the main components in the leaf oil [115].

2.3. Curcuma aeruginosa Roxb.

Curcuma aeruginosa is also known as “pink-and-blue ginger” or “black curcuma” in English, “temu hitam” in Malaysia, and “waan-maha-mek”, “kamindam”, or “kajeawdang” in Thailand [2,135]. It is an aromatic perennial herb (30–40 cm high) that is thought to have been derived from Burma and spread to tropical countries like Malaysia, Thailand, India, and Indonesia [29]. C. aeruginosa has a distinctive ginger-like odor [43]. In folk medicine, C. aeruginosa rhizome is used for treating dyspepsia, gastritis, dysentery, flatulence, diarrhea, postpartum problems, and parasitic infections [28,43,136,137,138,139], as well as tumors, bronchitis, and asthma [140]. C. aeruginosa EO is usually composed of relatively equal amounts of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. The rhizome EO of C. aeruginosa is mainly composed of 8,9-dehydro-9-formyl-cycloisolongifolene (35.3%), dihydrocostunolide (22.5%) [28], germacrone (23.5%), curzerenone (11.8%) [29], dehydrocurdione (27.6%), curcumenol (15.1%), 1,8-cineole (22.7%), germacrone (17.7%) [30], camphor (29.4%), germacrone (21.2%) [2], curcumenol (38.7%), and β-pinene (27.5%) [17]. The leaf oil is made of 1,8-cineole, curzerenone, furanogermenone, camphor, and furanodienone [34] or curzerene, germacrone, 1,8-cineole, and camphor [35].

2.4. Curcuma zanthorrhiza Roxb.

Curcuma zanthorrhiza (Syn. C. xanthorrhiza), also known as “wan-salika-linthong” in Thailand, and “temulawak”, “Javanese ginger”, or “Javanese turmeric” in Indonesia [108], is native to Indonesia and the Malay Peninsula and is cultivated in Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka [141]. In Indonesia, C. zanthorrhiza rhizomes are utilized as food coloring, a spice, a source of starch, a dye, in cosmetics, and in traditional medicine [108]. In traditional medicine, infusions and extracts of C. zanthorrhiza rhizome are used in treating hypertension, diabetes, constipation, fevers, diarrhea, dysentery, liver damage, gastric problems, rheumatism, haemorrhoids, skin eruptions, and some cancers [108,141,142,143]. The fresh rhizome or dried powder of C. zanthorrhiza is used for skin diseases in northern Thailand [136]. Generally, monoterpenes predominate (80–88%) the rhizome EO of C. zanthorrhiza [2]. Three major chemotypes can be observed: (1) α-curcumene-dominated chemotype [108]; (2) α-terpinolene-rich chemotype [2]; and (3) xanthorrhizol-dominated chemotype [31,71]. Xanthorrhizol accounts for 64.4% of the hydrodistilled oil from fresh C. zanthorrhiza rhizome from India [144], while only 8.0% of the oil obtained by supercritical carbon dioxide extraction [145]. The hexane extract of C. zanthorrhiza gave α-curcumene, germacrone, and zederone, whereas the dichloromethane extract contains curcumin and xanthorrhizol [146].

2.5. Curcuma aromatica Salisb.

Curcuma aromatica (syn. C. wenyujin Y.H. Chen and C. Ling), commonly known as wild turmeric, is a perennial plant that grows in the tropical and subtropical regions. It is broadly cultivated in China, India, and Japan [47]. It is used as a flavoring and coloring agent as well as a traditional medicine for eliminating blood stasis, slowing the aging process, alleviating pain, and protecting against liver diseases [54,147]. C. aromatica is used to promote blood circulation [148] and to fight various microbial infections [149]. Internally, wild-turmeric rhizomes are used as a tonic and carminative, while externally they are applied for treating skin eruptions and infections, and to improve complexion, ease bruises, and relieve sprains and snake bites [150]. It possesses anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antiangiogenic, antioxidative, and antimicrobial activities [54,151]. It is known to produce antidepressant-like effects in chronic unpredictable stress-induced depression [152]. The major constituents in C. aromatica rhizome EO contain 8,9-dehydro-9- formyl-cycloisolongifolene (2.7–36.8%), germacrone (4.3–16.5%), ar-turmerone (2.5–17.7%), turmerone (2.6–18.4%) [47], curdione (50.6%) [49], camphor (18.8–32.3%) [13,17,46,48], xanthorrhizol (26.3%), ar-curcumene (19.5%), di-epi-α-cedrene (16.5%) [51], curcumol (35.8%), and 1,8-cineole (12.2%) [50]. The leaf EO contains camphor (24.0%–28.5%) and p-cymene (25.2%) as the main components [37,46,54].

2.6. Curcuma phaeocaulis Valeton

Curcuma phaeocaulis is known as “pengezhu”, “ezhu” and “heihejianghuang” in Chinese [153]. C. phaeocaulis is widely found throughout the southern parts of China [154]. In Chinese medicine, the rhizome of C. phaeocaulis is one of the commonly prescribed herbs, and is known as Rhizoma Curcumae. Individually or in combination with other herbs, Rhizoma Curcumae is used in controlling gastritis, reducing blood stasis, and alleviating pain [100]. The State Food and Drug Administration of China has already approved Rhizoma Curcumae oil as a therapeutic remedy for several disorders [100]. Rhizoma Curcumae preparations and oils possess several pharmacological activities, including analgesic, hepatoprotective, antithrombic, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory effects [155]. C. phaeocaulis rhizome EO has 8,9-dehydro-9-formyl-cycloisolongifolene (15.6–46.2%), germacrone (8.9–21.2%), and curlone (0.8–20.2%) as the main constituents [100].

2.7. Curcuma amada Roxb.

Curcuma amada is a perennial herb native to East India. It is commonly known as the “mango ginger” and “manga manjal” because of its raw mango flavor that is mainly attributed to the presence of δ-3-carene, myrcene, and (Z)-β-ocimene [156]. It is used in culinary preparations, medicines, and as a source of starch [157]. In the Ayurveda and Unani medicinal systems, mango ginger is used as an appetizer, laxative, diuretic, antipyretic, aphrodisiac, emollient, and expectorant. It also helps in treating bronchitis, asthma, itching, inflammation, and skin diseases [157]. A paste made from the rhizome is used externally to relieve bruises, sprains, contusions, and rheumatic pain. The rhizome EO of C. amada from India is dominated by myrcene [37,38,39]. A totally different composition for the C. amada rhizome EO was reported by Mustafa et al. [40], with (Z)-β-farnesene (21.9%), 6,9-guaiadiene (19.8%), α-longipinene (14.8%), and α-guaiene (14.5%), and camphor (5.5%) as the major constituents and thymol (4.9%) as the aromatic constituent contributing to the odor of the oil. Other reported compositions include (E)-hydroocimene, (Z)-hydroocimene, myrcene, and linalool [41], and ar-curcumene, β-curcumene, camphor, curzerenone, and 1,8-cineole [42]. The leaf oil is made of camphor, epi-curzerenone, curzerenone, and isoborneol [38].

2.8. Curcuma caesia Roxb.

Curcuma caesia is commonly known as “black turmeric” in India due to the dark bluish color of its rhizome. It grows wild in some parts of India, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Leaves and rhizomes of black turmeric are used in traditional medicine. C. caesia rhizome is aromatic, carminative, and a stimulant. A paste of the rhizome is used for treating dysentery and as poultice in rheumatic pain, sprains, and bruises. When applied externally, black turmeric is used in India to alleviate toothaches, treat skin and wound infections, and cure rheumatism. Chewing small amounts of the rhizomes is used to relieve digestive problems and kidney disorders; however, excessive intake of black turmeric may lead to vomiting [155]. The rhizome EO of C. caesia from south India was composed mainly of 1,8-cineole (30.1%) followed by camphor, ar-curcumene, and camphene [17], while the oil from central India has camphor (28.3%), followed by ar-turmerone, (Z)-β-ocimene, ar-curcumene, and 1,8-cineole [57]. The leaf EO is made of 1,8-cineole (27.0%) and camphor (16.8%) [58].

2.9. Other Curcuma Species

Other Curcuma species have been investigated to a lesser degree, in part due to their limited commercial interest. Curcuma albiflora Thwaites rhizome EO contains α-pinene, caryophyllene oxide, and alconfor [13]. C. alismatifolia Gagnep, commonly known as Siam tulip, is an ornamental plant. (–)-Xanthorrhizol (52.4%) and ar-curcumene (27.4%) dominate the root EO, while β-curcumene (42.0%), (–)-xanthorrhixol (36.6%), and α-curcumene (7.5%) are the major components of the rhizome EO [36]. C. angustifolia Roxb. rhizome is used in folk medicine to treat asthma, dysentery, fungal infections, fevers, as well as an analgesic, antiparasitic, and muscle relaxant [5,158,159,160]. The EO obtained from C. angustifolia root is dominated by β-elemenone (65.0%) [44], while the rhizome EO has three chemotypes so far: (1) xanthorrhizol isomer- methyleugenol-rich chemotype [43]; (2) germacrone and camphor-rich chemotype [43]; and (3) curzerenone-dominated chemotype [45] as the main components. In the fresh rhizome EO of C. aurantiaca Zijp, piperitenone accounts for 65.2% [55]. Another sample of C. aurantiaca EO from India was made of 1,8-cineole, camphor, germacrone, β-elemene, curzerene, and β-elemenone [56]. C. elata Roxb. rhizome EO from China is mainly made of 8,9-dehydro-9-formyl- cycloisolongifolene (52.2%), followed by germacrone (14.0%) [49]. The rhizome of C. glans K. Larsen and J. Mood has been traditionally used in treating tonsillitis, sore throat, wounds or abscesses in the mouth, throat, and nose, as well as the herpes simplex virus [2,136]. Sesquiterpenes (50.10%) dominates the EO of C. glans rhizome. The Thai oil of C. glans rhizome is dominated by germacrone, camphor, β-pinene, and 2-nonanol [2]. The rhizome oil of C. haritha Mangaly and M. Sabu contains camphor, 1,8-cineole, isoborneol, curdione and camphene as the main constituents [59]. Germacrone is the main component in the rhizome EO of C. harmadii Gagnep [60] and C. leucorhiza Roxb. [161]. C. harmadii EO from Vietnam has 1,8-cineole, germacrone, β-pinene, β-elemene, and isocurcumenol [60]. The major constituents of C. inodora Blatt rhizome EO are curzerenone, germacrone, curdione, and 1,8-cineole [61]. The oil obtained from C. kwangsiensis S.G. Lee and C.F. Liang fresh rhizome was made of α-elemene, germacrene D, spathulenol, curdinone, and β-bisabolene [49]. The major volatile components of C. kwangsiensis from Guangxi, China include germacrone, β-elemenone, β-elemene, curzerenone, and curdione [62].
Curcuma mangga Valeton and Zijp. rhizome EO was reported to have two chemotypes, (1) caryophyllene oxide and caryophyllene-rich chemotype [28], and myrcene-dominated chemotype [31,98,99]. The major components of C. nankunshanensis N. Liu, X.B. Ye and Juan Chen fresh rhizome EO from China were curdione, germacrone, 8,9-dehydro-9-formyl-cycloisolongifolene, and velleral [49]. Caryophyllene, phytol, humulene, elemene, and caryophyllene oxide were detected as major compounds in the EO of the C. oligantha Trimen rhizome [13]. C. pseudomontana J. Graham rhizome EO from India was made of β-elemenone, pseudocumenol, germacrone, 2-(4-methoxyphenyl) N, N-trimethyl-1-pyrrolamine, and (1,5-dimethyl-4-hexenyl)-4-methylbenzene [102]. The powdered rhizome of C. purpurascens Blume, also known as “temu tis” in Indonesia, is taken in combination with other herbs to treat cough and skin infections. The EO of C. purpurascens rhizome contains turmerone as the major constituent, followed by germacrone, ar-turmerone, germacrene B, curlone, and curzerene [103]. C. rhabdota Sirirugsa and M.F. Newman contains germacrone, butyl butanoate, sec-butyl butanoate, camphene, and germacrene B as the main constituents [104]. C. rubescens Roxb. rhizome EO from China was composed of zerumbone, ar-turmerone, germacrone, camphor, and aromadendrene oxide [49]. C. sichuanensis X.X. Chen rhizome EO from China was made of germacrone followed by β-elemenone and isoaromadendrene epoxide [49]. Samples from Sichuan, China showed two more different compositions [50,105]. C. singularis Gagnep. fresh rhizome EO contained camphor and germacrone [106]. C. sylvatica Valeton rhizome oil from India was dominated by α-fenchene [17]. C. trichosantha Gagnep EO was mainly made of curdione [107]. C. yunnanensis N. Liu and S.J. Chen rhizome EO from China was composed of germacrone, 8,9-dehydro-9-formyl-cycloisolongifolene, dihydrocostunolide, β-farnesene, and aromadendrene oxide [49]. To the best of our knowledge, there are no published studies on the other Curcuma species.

3. Biological Activities of Curcuma Oils

Members of Zingiberaceae are known for containing terpenoids, flavonoids, phenypropanoids and sesquiterpenes, which have antitumor activities [110,162]. Some Curcuma essential oils have remarkable antioxidant and antimicrobial activities that make them ideal candidates for use in pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. The variations in chemical composition imply the possibility of different biological activities of the same plant species from different locations. A summary of the biological activities of different Curcuma essential oils is presented in Table 2.

3.1. Turmeric (C. longa) Essential Oil

Turmeric EO has the potential to provide protection against cardiovascular diseases. The oil was reported to have antihyperlipidemic effects on high-fat diet (HFD)-induced hyperlipidemia in rats [75]. It markedly decreased the levels of triglycerides, free fatty acids, total cholesterol in serum, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, while increasing the level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. Turmeric EO also showed antihyperlipidemic effects in hyperlipidemic golden Syrian hamsters via reducing lipid-induced oxidative stress, platelet activation, and vascular dysfunction [163]. Chronic dietary supplementation of turmeric EO (≥620 mg/kg/day) showed antidiabetic and hypoglycemic effects in diabetic mice by normalizing serum glucose [164]. Ingestion of turmeric oleoresin and essential oil inhibited both the increase in blood glucose and the development of abdominal fat mass in obese diabetic rats [165]. Turmeric EO also inhibited α-glucosidase and α-amylase activities in a dose-dependent manner due to the presence of ar-turmerone [96,166,167].
In addition, the oil showed remarkable antioxidant activity as judged by 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging activity assay, ferric reducing/antioxidant power (FRAP) assay, superoxide anion radical scavenging activity assay, and metal-chelating activity assay [50,74,168,169]. Turmeric EO prevented oxidative stress in Brycon amazonicus via reducing the synthesis or release of cortisol and increasing the activity of antioxidant enzymes, and thereby protecting from the formation of reactive oxygen species excess [23,67,96]. The potent antioxidant activity of turmeric EO is thought to be responsible for inhibiting brain-edema formation, one of the most dangerous consequences of ischemic brain injury [170]. Treatment with turmeric EO reduced nitric oxide production derived by inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) during ischemic injury [231]. Turmeric EO inhibited copper-mediated oxidation of LDL in the thiobarbituric acid reactive substances assay (IC50 = 7.8 ± 0.2 µg/mL) [71]. Turmeric EO (250–500 mg/kg p.o. or i.p.) showed neuroprotective effects in rat embolic-stroke model [170,171]. In filament model of middle cerebral-artery occlusion, pretreatment with turmeric EO showed a neuroprotective effect by inhibiting the generation of free radicals [170,171]. Its neuroprotective efficacy was mediated by reducing endothelial cell-mediated inflammation in postmyocardial ischemia/reperfusion in rats [166,172]. It was also suggested that the ability of the oil to access the brain after stroke was via the transcellular lipophilic pathway [170]. Turmeric EO (500 mg/kg, p.o.) was an efficacious and safe antiplatelet agent [174] and was protective against intravascular thrombosis in myocardial ischemia-reperfusion and thrombosis rat models [172,173]. Turmeric oil was effective in treating some respiratory disorders by preventing asthma, removing sputum, and relieving cough [232]. The oil was reported to have anticancer and anti-inflammatory effects [176,178]. It was active against human mouth epidermal carcinoma (KB) cells and mouse leukemia (P388) cells, with respective IC50 values of 1.088 and 0.084 mg/mL [177]. It was also cytotoxic to the pancreatic cancer (PANC-1), melanoma (B16), prostate cancer (LNCaP), and human cervical adenocarcinoma (HeLa) cell lines due to the presence of ar-turmerone, α-turmerone, β-turmerone, curlone, ar-curcumene, zingiberene, and β-sesquiphellandrene [23,74,175,176]. Crude organic extracts of turmeric-inhibited lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced production of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α (IC50 = 15.2 μg/mL) and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2; IC50 = 0.92μg/mL) in human leukemia (HL-60) cells [181]. In combination with curcumin, turmerones from turmeric EO abolished inflammation-associated mouse-colon carcinogenesis [233]. Turmeric EO demonstrated strong protective effect against benzo[a]pyrene-induced increase in micronuclei in circulating lymphocytes and protected against cytogenetic damage in patients suffering from oral submucous fibrosis, a precancerous condition for oral cancer [179,180].
Moreover, turmeric EO showed potent antiarthritic and joint protective effects on an animal model of rheumatoid arthritis [23,182]. As a result of treatment with crude or refined turmeric oil (i.p.), joint swelling was dramatically inhibited (90–100% inhibition) in female rats with streptococcal cell wall-induced arthritis [182]. Turmeric EO was reported to have antihepatotoxic [23,183], antiatherosclerotic [96], hypothermic, anxiolytic, sedative, anticonvulsant [81], and spasmolytic [185] activities. Turmeric EO protected against accelerated atherosclerosis, inflammation, and macrophage foam-cell formation induced by arterial injury through modulating the genes involved in plaque stability, lipid homeostasis, and inflammation [184]. Turmeric EO (200 mg/kg) exhibited antifatty liver and hepatoprotective activities in acute ethanol-induced fatty liver in rats through decreasing the activities of serum enzymes and levels of serum triglyceride, serum total cholesterol, and hepatic malondialdehyde, while restoring the level of reduced glutathione as well as the activities of glutathione-S-transferase and superoxide dismutase [186]. The oil was markedly antimutagenic against sodium azide in the Ames test [178,187]. Turmeric oil showed remarkable sedative and anesthetic effects in mice [81] and fish [96] in different experimental protocols. Interestingly, ar-turmerone isolated from turmeric EO is a potent antivenom against snakebites. It neutralized both the hemorrhagic activity present in Bothrops jararaca venom, and the lethal effect of Crotalus durissus venom in mice [188].
Additionally, turmeric EO showed potent antibacterial activity against Helicobacter pylori, Bacillus cereus, B. coagulans, B. subtilis, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Proteus mirabilis, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa [189,190]. It also showed strong antifungal effects against Aspergillus flavus, A. niger, A. parasiticum, Rhizoctonia solani, Helminthosporium oryzae, Trichoconis padwickii, Curvularia lunata, C. pallescens, C. trifolii, Fusarium verticillioides, F. moniliforme, F. oxysporum, Penicillium digitatum, Alternaria dianthi, Trichophyton longifusus, and Colletotrichum falcatum [23,77,189,191,192]. In addition, C. longa EO was reported to have antiaflatoxigenic activities [76]. Turmeric EO exhibited insecticidal activity against the white termite (Odontotermes obesus) [37,193,194] as well as insect-repellent activities [194]. It showed repellency against both day- and night-biting mosquitoes [195]. Turmeric oil and ar-turmerone isolated from the oil displayed mosquitocidal activity against Aedes aegypti larvae (LD100 = 50 µg/mL) [194] and Anopheles quadrimaculatus. Moreover, turmeric EO inhibited the germination and growth of Avena fatua L., Echinochloa crus-galli (L.) Beauv, Allium cepa L., and Phalaris minor Retz [189]. Turmeric-leaf EO showed cytotoxic activity against breast-tumor (Hs578T) and prostate-tumor (PC-3) cells [94]. It also showed antibacterial, antifungal, antiaflatoxigenic, and mosquitocidal activities [89,94,194].

3.2. Zedoary (C. zedoaria) Essential Oil

Curcuma zedoaria EO showed potent radical-scavenging effects evaluated by DPPH assay [7,23,111,196,197]. The strong antioxidant activity of C. zedoaria EO is utilized in the food industry to minimize or prevent lipid oxidation. Zedoary EO also showed potent, selective cytotoxic activity and inhibited the proliferation of human cervical cancer (SiHa), colorectal cancer (SNU-1), human hepatoma (HepG2) [198], human gastric adenocarcinoma (AGS) [114], hepatic stellate cells [110], mouse melanoma (B16BL6) cells, human hepatoma (SMMC-7721) cells, and HL-60 cells [7,110]. It is worth noting that normal endothelial cells were less sensitive to zedoary EO than cancer cells in the in vitro assays [200]. The cytotoxic activity of zedoary EO is mediated by efficiently inhibiting monocytic differentiation, inhibiting cell proliferation, arresting cell cycle and inducing apoptosis [109,110,234]. The oil exhibited efficient cytotoxic effects against nonsmall cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) cells via inducing apoptosis [199]. Zedoary EO showed antiproliferative activity against human colon-cancer cells (HCT116) by causing senescence and apoptosis in a dose- and time-dependent manner [235]. Zedoary EO in a combination with paclitaxel synergistically enhanced their antitumor activity and increased the apoptosis of human ovarian cancer (SKOV3) cells [202]. Zedoary EO (i.p.) significantly inhibited the growth of human lung-cancer cells (H1299) in vivo via inhibiting protein kinase B (Akt)/nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) signaling pathways [199]. Zedoary EO was reported to inhibit angiogenesis in vitro and in vivo, which results in tumor inhibition [200]. Zedoary EO strongly inhibits vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-induced angiogenesis in vitro and tumor angiogenesis in vivo via downregulating matrix metalloproteinases [200]. In rodent experiments, zedoary oil showed antitumor action in hepatoma-transplanted rats [203]. In addition, it has been used clinically in China for treating hepatic carcinoma [201]. In China, zedoary oil is used for treating gynecologic inflammation, monilial vaginitis, and tumors [236]. Zedoary EO is also known for its hypoglycemic effects [204]. In a study performed on streptozotocin-induced hyperglycemic Wistar rats, oral administration of the oil for seven days was able to significantly decrease blood-glucose levels and prevent gingivitis [204]. Zedoary EO has been used for oral-health maintenance because of its antimicrobial, hypoglycemic, and anti-inflammatory properties [14], which can help in reducing gingival inflammation. Zedoary EO exhibited antimicrobial activity against Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus, Salmonella typhimurium, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa [110]. It also demonstrated antifungal activity against Colletotrichum falcatum [37] and good insecticidal activity against the sugarcane pest, Odontotermes obesus Rhamb [37]. Zedoary oil displayed larvicidal effects against the malaria vector, Anopheles dirus (LC50 = 29.69 ppm), and the hemorrhagic fever vector, Aedes aegypti (LC50 = 31.87 ppm) [129].

3.3. Curcuma aeruginosa Essential Oil

Curcuma aeruginosa EO showed antiandrogenic [30], antinociceptive, antipyretic, and anti-inflammatory activities [15]. Topical application of C. aeruginosa extract (5% w/w) stimulated hair regrowth on patients with androgenic alopecia [205]. In a randomized controlled trial, C. aeruginosa rhizome extract promoted hair regrowth in bald males [205]. The bioactive compounds were identified as sesquiterpenes, with germacrone being the most potent [137]. Coapplication of C. aeruginosa EO, hexane extract, and germacrone improved the skin penetration of minoxidil, a hair-growth promoter approved as topical treatment of androgenic alopecia [30]. Skin penetration of minoxidil with EO, hexane extract, and germacrone was enhanced 20-fold, 4-fold, and 10-fold, respectively [30]. In a randomized, double-blinded trial, C. aeruginosa rhizome EO formulated as a lotion (1% and 5% w/w EO) was reported to safely and effectively slow the growth of axillary hair and to rapidly and robustly increase axillary skin brightness (within three weeks) [206]. Interestingly, these effects persisted for two weeks after ending the treatment. The rhizome EO of C. aeruginosa showed potent antibacterial activity against Enterococcus faecalis (MIC = 6.25 µg/mL) [29] and Streptococcus mutans (MIC = 15.63 µg/mL) and as a teeth-biofilm degradation [207], which makes it a good candidate as a natural antibacterial agent in a mouthwash or a toothpaste. It exhibited moderate antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus (MIC = 125 µg/mL) and Bacillus cereus (MIC = 125 µg/mL) [2]. The oil showed antifungal activity against Candida albicans (MIC = 250 µg/mL) [2]. The oil showed weak inhibitory effect against Mycobacterium tuberculosis strain H37Ra (MIC = 2500 µg/mL) when tested by green fluorescent protein microplate assay [29]. The oil also showed strong radical-scavenging power evaluated by DPPH scavenging assay (EC50 = 24.32 µg/mL) due to the presence of germacrone and curzerenone [29].

3.4. Curcuma zanthorrhiza Essential Oil

Curcuma zanthorrhiza EO possesses antiproliferative [220], anti-inflammatory, antidiuretic, hypotensive, antihepatotoxic, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antifungal activities [141]. The anti-inflammatory activity of C. zanthorrhiza mainly depends on its germacrone content [221]. The oil effectively inhibited copper-mediated oxidation of LDL in thiobarbituric acid reactive substances assay (IC50 = 2.2 ± 0.1 µg/mL) [71]. The rhizome EO of C. zanthorrhiza showed antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus (ZOI = 11.53 ± 0.27 mm) and antifungal activity against Candida albicans (ZOI = 7.29 ± 0.17 mm) [2]. Wicaksono et al. [222] reported analgesic effects (both central and peripheral) for C. zanthorrhiza EO, curcuminoid, and a combination of both in mice using the formalin test. Addition of C. zanthorrhiza EO (0.2%) or hexane-soluble fraction (0.5%) to rats' diet resulted in lower liver-triglyceride level and lower hepatic fatty-acid synthase activity [108]. C. zanthorrhiza hexane-soluble fraction also caused a decrease in food intake and an increase in relative liver weight in rats, while the oil did not [108]. C. zanthorrhiza had hypoglycemic activity and hypotriglyceridemic activity in diabetic rats [223,224], which was attributed to the activity of α-curcumene [108]. The hexane extract of C. zanthorrhiza exhibited antioxidant, larvicidal, cytotoxic, and antimicrobial activities [146].

3.5. Wild Turmeric (Curcuma aromatica) Essential Oil

Wild turmeric EO is reported to promote blood circulation, remove blood stasis, and treat cancers [148]. C. aromatica EO showed a remarkable anti-inflammatory activity via suppressing the production of proinflammatory cytokines including protein kinase C (PKC), Akt, tumor-necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), NF-κB, and IκB kinase (IKK) in vivo in 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA)-induced edema model [47,49]. It is thought that turmerone, ar-turmerone, 8,9-dehydro-9-formyl-cycloisolongifolene, ar-curcumene, α-zingiberene, and germacrone are responsible for the anti-inflammatory activity of C. aromatica EO [15]. The oil showed good cytotoxic activities against LNCaP HepG2, and B16 cell lines [47,49]. The oil can also suppress the growth of hepatoma cells in vivo and in vitro [214]. The oil was reported to induce apoptosis in NSCLC cells [208]. ar-Tumerone, turmerone, and curdione from C. aromatica EO have in vitro and in vivo antiproliferative effect on laryngeal cancer (Hep-2) cells [210]. Wild turmeric oil infused via hepatic artery inhibited hepatic tumors in patients with primary liver cancer [213], rats with transplanted hepatoma [211], and mice [212]. C. aromatica EO showed antiproliferative effects on hepatoma by inhibiting its growth in mice (51–52%) via decreasing the DNA synthesis of hepatocellular carcinoma and shrinking the nucleus area [212]. The antitumor activity of wild turmeric EO was attributed to the presence of β-elemene, curcumol, and curdione [237]. C. aromatica EO showed hepatic chemopreventive activity against hepatocellular carcinoma both in vivo and in vitro [214]. Pretreatment with C. aromatica oil (100 mg/kg for 3 days) protected mice from hepatic injury from inflammation and oxidative damage induced by concanavalin A, which can decrease the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma.
Moreover, C. aromatica oil treatment (100 mg/kg, 200 mg/kg, 300 mg/kg body weight, i.p.) showed protective and antifibrosis activities in renal interstitial fibrosis rats in a time-dependent manner. Its mechanism involved inhibiting some metabolic pathways, including glycolysis, lipids metabolism, and methylamine metabolism [215]. C. aromatica EO showed potent radical-scavenging activities in the DPPH radical scavenging assay (IC50 = 1.57–21.36 µg/mL), 2,2’-azinodi (3-ethyl benz-thiazoline sulfonic acid) diammonium salt (ABTS) radical scavenging assay, and β-carotene bleaching tests in a concentration-dependent manner [47,50,54,147] due to the presence of 8,9-dehydro-9-formyl-cycloisolongifolene, germacrone [238], camphor, and borneol [217]. Because of its potent antioxidant activity, wild turmeric EO inhibited the development of esophageal cancer when administered intraperitoneally to rats [209]. In China, direct infusion of C. aromatica EO into the hepatic artery has been used in the clinical treatment of liver cancers [201]. Curdione from C. aromatica EO exhibited antiplatelet aggregation and antithrombotic activities both in vitro and in vivo in a concentration-dependent manner [216]. The oil also showed significant antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, Bacillus subtilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella typhimurium, and Escherichia coli [47,54,217], as well as antifungal activity against Candida albicans and Saccharomyces cerevisiae [47]. In pediatrics, the oil is used for treating acute upper-respiratory infections, viral myocarditis, and acute pneumonia [234]. C. aromatica EO also showed insecticidal effects against the booklouse Liposcelis bostrychophila Badonnel [56]. The rhizome volatile oil and hexane crude extract of C. aromatica showed larvicidal, adulticidal, and repellent activities against the hemorrhagic fever vector, Aedes aegypti, with the oil being more potent [52]. Hexane, dichloromethane, and methanol extracts of C. aromatica showed cardioprotective effects against isoproterenol-induced acute myocardial ischemia in rats [218]. Moreover, the extracts also showed antidiabetic activity via antiglycation and inhibiting α-amylase [51]. The leaf EO of C. aromatica showed antifungal activity against Colletotrichum falcatum and good insecticidal activity against the sugarcane pest, Odontotermes obesus Rhamb [37]

3.6. Curcuma phaeocaulis Essential Oil

Curcuma phaeocaulis EOs and extracts have been reported to possess strong antimicrobial and antifungal activities [219]. C. phaeocaulis EO showed moderate–strong antifungal activities against Candida albicans and Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and moderate–strong antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Staphylococcus aureus [100]. These activities are thought to be due to the presence of germacrone, eremanthin, ar-curcumene, α-caryophyllene, and 8,9-dehydro-9-formyl-cycloisolongifolene [110]. The oil also showed strong radical-scavenging activities evaluated by DPPH assay (IC50 = 2.17–22.36 µg/mL) due to the high 8,9-dehydro-9-formyl-cycloisolongifolene, curzerene, 1,8-cineole, and germacrone content [100]. In addition, C. phaeocaulis EO exhibited a good anti-inflammatory activity through downregulating TNF-α and COX-2 expression in a TPA-induced skin-inflammation model [100]. Most the C. phaeocaulis oils tested from China showed strong cytotoxic activities against LNCaP and B16 cell lines (IC50 = 20.36–79.44 µg/mL) due to the presence of 8,9-dehydro-9-formyl-cycloisolongifolene, while some samples from a different region in China showed weak cytotoxic activity (IC50 = 245.19–245.30 µg/mL) [100].

3.7. Curcuma amada Essential Oil

Mango ginger possess central nervous system depressant, analgesic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiplatelet, cytotoxic, hypotriglyceridemic, antibacterial, and antifungal activities [157]. C. amada rhizome EO and ethanolic extracts showed hepatoprotective effects against carbon tetrachloride-induced hepatotoxicity in male Wister rats mainly due to their strong antioxidant activities [156]. The supercritical CO2 extract of mango ginger was selectively cytotoxic to human glioblastoma cell line (U-87MG; IC50 = 4.92 µg/mL). The extract was able to induce apoptosis in brain-tumor cells in a dose-dependent manner [226]. The supercritical CO2 extract also exhibited antitumor effects in human glioblastoma multiforme cells both in vitro and in nude mice xenografts. It was synergistic with irinotecan, a chemotherapy drug. In fact, treatment with a combination of irinotecan and C. amada extract showed almost a complete inhibition of tumor growth [227]. The extract was highly cytotoxic to human alveolar (SJRH30) and embryonal (RD) rhabdomyosarcoma cell lines, with IC50 values of 7.13 µg/mL and 7.50 µg/mL, respectively. It also showed synergistic cytotoxic effects with vinblastine and cyclophosphamide via inducing a higher percentage of apoptosis than individual agents [225]. C. amada EO showed strong antioxidant activity as evaluated by DPPH radical scavenging assay, total antioxidant assay, ferric-reducing antioxidant power and nitric oxide scavenging assay [229]. Moreover, C. amada EO showed 100% insect repellency and direct insecticidal effects against laboratory bred houseflies, Musca domestica L. [230]. The oil was antibacterial against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella paratyphi, Vibrio cholera, Enterobacter aerogenes, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus cereus, Proteus mirabilis, Proteus vulgaris, and Serratia marcescens [229]. Organic extracts of mango ginger also demonstrated antibacterial effects against E. coli, Bacillus subtilis, B. cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, Micrococcus luteus, Listeria monocytogenes, Enterococcus fecalis, and Salmonella typhi [156]. C. amada EO showed antifungal activity against sugarcane pathogenic fungi such as Physalospora tucumanensis, Sclerotium rolfsii, Helminthosporium sacchari, and Cephalosporium sacchari [228].

3.8. Bioactivities of Other Curcuma Essential Oils

The EO of C. mangga showed strong antibacterial activities against Staphylococcus aureus (MIC = 1.2 µL/mL), Bacillus cereus (MIC = 11.1 µL/mL), P. aeruginosa (ZOI = 9.0 mm), and E. coli (ZOI = 7.0 mm), as well as antifungal activity against Candida albicans (MIC = 3.7 µL/mL) and Cryptococcus neoformans (MIC = 0.1 µL/mL) [28]. The rhizome EO of C. glans showed antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus (ZOI = 17.24 ± 0.07 mm) and antifungal activity against C. albicans (ZOI = 7.27 ± 0.17 mm) [2]. C. singularis rhizome EO displayed moderate antibacterial activity against Bacillus subtillis (MIC = 100 µg/mL) and E. coli (MIC = 200 µg/mL) [106]. The rhizome and leaf EOs of C. angustifolia showed significant antioxidant activities with the leaf oil being more potent [45]. The root and rhizome EOs of C. alismatifolia showed strong DPPH radical scavenging activity (EC50 = 10.2 ± 0.94 µg/mL and 11.48 ± 1.02 µg/mL, respectively) and ferric-reducing power activity (EC50 = 0.12 ± 0.03 µg/mL) [36]. C. elata EO showed a potent DPPH radical-scavenging activity and was cytotoxic to LNCaP (IC50 = 18.4 μg/mL) and HepG2 (IC50 = 167.75 μg/mL) [49]. C. sichuanensis EO and C. rubescens EO showed potent DPPH radical-scavenging activities (IC50 = 4.52 μg/mL and 22.32 μg/mL, respectively) [49,50]. C. sichuanensis oils (68.43% inhibition), C. nankunshanensis oils (55.23% inhibition), and C. elata oils (54.64% inhibition) exhibited a good anti-inflammatory effects in TPA-induced edema model [49]. They inhibited the production of proinflammatory cytokines including PKC, Akt, TNF-α, COX-2, NF-κB, and IKK [49]. The EO from C. kwangsiensis possesses antitumor, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, bactericidal, antifungal, and antiviral activities [62,63]. C. kwangsiensis, C. yunnanensis, C. nankunshanensis, C. sichuanensis, and C. rubescens EOs were cytotoxic to LNCaP (IC50 = 1.3–16.6 µg/mL), B16 (IC50 = 4.4–147.4 μg/mL), and HepG2 (IC50 = 153.1–198.2 µg/mL) [49,63]. C. purpurascens EO showed strong antiproliferative activity against human colorectal-cancer cells (HT-29; IC50 = 4.9 ± 0.4 μg/mL), and weak cytotoxicity against human lung-cancer (A549; IC50 = 46.3 ± 0.7 μg/mL), human cervical-cancer (Ca Ski; IC50 = 32.5 ± 1.1 μg/mL), and HCT116 cells (IC50 = 35.0 ± 0.3 μg/mL) [103].

4. Toxicity and Safety

In general, Curcuma EOs are nontoxic, nonmutagenic, noncarcinogenic and nonphototoxic [125,239]. Turmeric EO has been classified as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) [125]. Undiluted turmeric rhizome oil was slightly irritating to rabbits, but was not irritating to mice. When tested at 4% on 25 volunteers, it was neither irritating nor sensitizing [239]. There is a possible drug interaction when used orally, especially with antidiabetic medications [125]. The acute dermal LD50 of turmeric rhizome oil was >5 g/kg in rabbits, and the acute oral LD50 was >5 g/kg in rats [239]. When administered intraperitoneally (i.p.) at doses higher than 28 mg/kg/day, 20–36% of normal and streptococcal cell wall-injected animals died after two weeks of treatment, while lower vehicle or oil doses (≤2.8 mg/kg/day) caused no deaths [182]. Oral administration of a dose of turmeric oil that is 20-fold higher than the lowest effective i.p. doses was nontoxic [182]. No hazards or adverse skin reactions were reported for turmeric-leaf EO; however, the α-phellandrene chemotype might cause skin sensitization on oxidation.
Zedoary EO has GRAS status [125]. No acute toxicity or adverse reactions were reported for the zedoary oil; however, its consumption may interfere with gestation and may induce abortion [125]. For this reason, the oil and extracts are strictly prohibited during pregnancy and should be avoided during breastfeeding. Zedoary EO showed obvious embryotoxicity ex vivo and reproductive toxicity in animal and developmental experiments [109,200]. In addition, treatment with aqueous extracts of C. zedoaria rhizome (10 g/kg/day for 20 days) exhibited reproductive toxicity in pregnant mice [240]. Chinese zedoary EO prevented implantation in dose-dependent manner. When given i.p. (300 mg/kg) to female rats on gestational days 7–9, it prevented 77% of pregnancies, and when administered intravaginally to female rabbits, it prevented 16% and 100% of pregnancies at 60 or 400 mg/kg/day on gestational days 5–9 and 2–4, respectively [125]. It was suggested that the embryotoxic effect of zedoary EO might be caused by its sesquiterpenoids that can block VEGF-mediated angiogenesis [109]. However, no direct evidence was found to link any of the oil components to its antifertility effect. Decoctions and ethanol extracts of zedoary rhizomes also have antifertility effects [241].
No hazards, acute toxicity, or adverse reactions were reported for the wild turmeric (C. aromatica), the mango ginger (C. amada), and the pink-and-black curcuma (C. aeruginosa) rhizome oils [125,206]. No information found for the toxicity and safety of other Curcuma oils.

5. Bioactivity and Safety of Individual Key Components

A summary of the biological activities of key components of Curcuma essential oils is presented in Table 3.
ar-Turmerone, α-turmerone, and β-turmerone are major constituents of turmeric rhizome oil. ar-Turmerone displayed strong in vitro antiplatelet aggregation activity [174], antimutagenic [178], and potent hypoglycemic activity against α-glucosidase and α-amylase [167]. ar-Turmerone effectively inhibited copper-mediated oxidation of LDL (IC50 = 2.2 ± 0.1 µg/mL) [71]. It also showed neuroprotective effect through inhibiting microglia activation, increasing neural-stem-cells proliferation, and promoting neuronal differentiation [244]. ar-Turmerone, isolated from turmeric EO, showed potent cytotoxic activity against several cell lines including HL-60 [245], human leukemia (K-562), rat leukemia (RBL-2H3), and mouse leukemia (L-1210) [246], HeLa [220], HepG2, and human lymphoma (U937) [247] via inducing apoptosis and internucleosomal DNA fragmentation. It was effective against sarcoma 180 ascites (connective tissue cancer) in mice at a dose of 50 mg/kg [248]. ar-Turmerone is also a potent anti-inflammatory agent; it inhibits the production of inflammatory cytokines [242]. ar-Turmerone exhibited a potent inhibition of both inducible COX-2 (IC50 = 5.2 µg/mL) and iNOS (IC50 = 3.2 µg/mL) as part of its cancer chemopreventive action [249]. Turmerone-enriched turmeric oil protected from LPS-induced inflammation in human monocytes (THP-1), murine macrophages (J774.2), and Swiss mice [243]. Turmerone isolated from C. longa showed antivenom [188] and insect-repellent activities [120]. It also had a strong antibacterial activity against Clostridium perfringens [250], and a strong antifungal activity against Aspergillus flavus [251]. No acute toxicity was found for ar-tumerone, but it might be nontoxic, similar to turmeric rhizome oil. However, ar-turmerone has been classified as potential for allergic skin reaction (H317) and eye irritation (H319) [287].
Curdione, the main component in C. aromatica, C. nankunshanensis, and C. trichosantha EOs significantly suppressed the proliferation of human breast-cancer cells (MCF-7) via inducing cell apoptosis and impairing mitochondrial-membrane potential [252]. Curdione, from zedoary EO, inhibited PGE2 production in LPS-stimulated mouse macrophage RAW 264.7 cells (IC50 = 1.1 μM) through suppressing COX-2 expression [253]. Curdione is also known for its outstanding antibacterial and antifungal activities [72]. As far as we are aware, there are no known hazards associated with curdione.
1,8-Cineole possesses strong antioxidant [254,255] and anticarcinogenic [256] activities. The antioxidant activity of 1,8-cineole was associated with eliminating the 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo- p-dioxin-induced oxidative stress in rats [288]. 1,8-Cineole is not a skin irritant, convulsant, or photosensitizing [125]. There is no evidence of carcinogenesis or teratogenesis in rodents. It is nonmutagenic, nongenotoxic, and nonfetotoxic in normal doses [125]. High oral doses of cineole are toxic, especially to children. 1,8-Cineole neurotoxicity resulting from nasal instillation is expressed primarily as irritated mucous membranes, tachycardia, dyspnea, nausea, vomiting, vertigo, muscular weakness, drowsiness, and coma [289]. The acute dermal LD50 of 1,8-Cineole was >5 g/kg in rabbits, while the acute oral LD50 was 2.48 g/kg in rats [290].
β-Caryophyllene is nontoxic, nonmutagenic and antitumor. It inhibited the growth of myelogenous leukemia cells (IC50 = 98.0mM; 20.4 μg/mL), HL-60 cells (IC50 = 19.31 μg/mL), human melanoma cells (IC50 = 20.10 μg/mL), and renal cell adenocarcinoma cells (IC50 = 21.81 μg/mL) [125,257,258,259]. It was moderately cytotoxic against human-breast and cervical cancer cell lines, and human and mouse melanoma cells [291]. Survival was considerably increased after 4 daily intraperitoneal doses of 20 mg/kg β-caryophyllene in mice with ascites tumors [292]. β-Caryophyllene showed antileishmanial activity against L. amazonensis amastigotes (IC50 = 1.3µg/mL) [260], and antitrypanosomal activity against Trypanosoma cruzi epimastigotes (IC50 = 78.4µM), trypomastigotes, and amastigotes (IC50 = 63.7 µM) [261]. β-Caryophyllene is a weak skin allergen, and its oxidation does not increase its allergenicity. Undiluted β-caryophyllene was irritating to rabbit skin while when tested at 4%, it was neither irritating nor sensitizing on 25 volunteers [239]. β-Caryophyllene induced allergic responses in 10 (0.6%) of 1,606 consecutive dermatitis patients when tested at 5% [293]. When tested at 3%, oxidized β-caryophyllene (about 25% β-caryophyllene and 75% caryophyllene oxide) showed positive reaction in 8 (0.5%) of 1,511 consecutive dermatitis patients, one positive reaction in 21 dermatitis patients hypersensitive to fragrance materials, and none in 66 hand-eczema patients [294]. β-Caryophyllene was not mutagenic in Salmonella typhimurium strains TA98 and TA100, and was antimutagenic in several assays [295]. The acute oral LD50 of β-caryophyllene was >5 g/kg in rats, and the acute dermal LD50 was >5 g/kg in rabbits [239].
β-Myrcene possesses strong antimutagenic [262], chemopreventive [263], antiproliferative [264,265], and antioxidant [266] effects. It is nonirritant, nonallergenic, nontoxic, and nongenotoxic [125]. Undiluted β-myrcene was moderately irritating to rabbits, but was neither irritating nor sensitizing to 25 volunteers when tested at 4% [239]. Oxidized myrcene (tested at 3% and containing 30% myrcene) showed reaction in only 0.07% in a multicenter study involving 1,511 consecutive dermatitis patients [294]. The acute oral LD50 of β-myrcene was >5 g/kg in rats, and the acute dermal LD50 was >5 g/kg in rabbits [239]. The oral “no observed adverse effect level” (NOAEL) of myrcene in rats was 300 mg/kg [296]. Rodent studies suggest that β-myrcene might carry a risk of carcinogenesis. When administered by gavage, β-myrcene increased the occurrences of hepatocellular carcinoma and hepatoblastoma in male mice, incidences of hepatocellular adenoma or carcinoma in female mice, and incidences of renal tubule adenoma or carcinoma in male rats, and induced rare renal tubule adenomas in female rats [297,298]. β-Myrcene is not genotoxic. As a component in essential oils used in aromatherapy, β-myrcene does not represent a level of fetotoxicity that would cause any problem. β-Myrcene may cause skin (H315) or eye irritation (H319), however [299].
Germacrone showed anti-inflammatory [131,267], antiandrogenic [137], and antimicrobial [28] activities. Germacrone from C. aeruginosa has been shown to increase skin penetration of minoxidil [30]. Germacrone exhibited antiproliferative activity against human breast-cancer cell lines (MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231) in a dose-dependent manner [268], as well as human glioblastoma cell lines (U-87 and U-251) [269] and human hepatoma cells via inducing cell-cycle arrest and apoptosis [270]. Germacrone from C. aromatica EO possessed antitumor effects through a similar mechanism [270]. Germacrone from zedoary EO exhibited strong antioxidant activity and was able to relieve the oxidative stress induced by hydrogen peroxide in mouse neuroblastoma (NG108-15) cells [271]. It inhibited the carrageenin-induced edema in rats, as well as acetic acid-induced vascular permeability and writhing symptoms in mice [221]. Additionally, germacrone effectively inhibited the growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (MIC = 15.6μg/mL) [272]. Germacrone may cause skin (H315) or eye irritation (H319) [300].
Xanthorrhizol has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, hepatoprotective, neuroprotective, nephroprotective, estrogenic, and antibacterial properties [273,274]. Pretreatment with xanthorrhizol (p.o., 200 mg/kg/day for 4 days), significantly reduced the cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity in mice [273]. Xanthorrhizol showed cancer chemopreventive action via potently inhibiting both COX-2 (IC50 = 0.2 µg/mL) and iNOS (IC50 = 1.0 µg/mL) [249]. Xanthorrhizol was antiproliferative to MCF-7 (EC50 = 1.71 µg/mL) and HepG2 cells (IC50 = 4.17 µg/mL) through inducing apoptosis [274]. Xanthorrhizol (at 50 mg/kg) was active against sarcoma 180 ascites in mice [248]. Intraperitoneal administration of xanthorrhizol (0.1, 0.2, 0.5, and 1.0 mg/kg for 2 weeks) inhibited the formation of lung-tumor nodules in mice by 36%, 63%, 61%, and 52%, respectively [275]. Xanthorrhizol strongly inhibited copper-mediated oxidation of human LDL (IC50= 0.4 ± 0.1 µg/mL) [71]. Although the toxicological properties have not been thoroughly investigated, xanthorrhizol may cause skin or eye irritation and may damage fertility or the unborn fetus (H360) [301].
β-Elemene inhibited the proliferation of several cancer cell lines [302]. It was cytotoxic to HL-60 cells (IC50= 27.5 µg/mL), K-562 (IC50 = 81 µg/mL) cells, peripheral blood leukocytes (IC50 = 254.3 µg/mL) [237], and human laryngeal-cancer cells in vitro and in vivo [210] in a dose-dependent manner via inducing apoptosis [303]. β-Elemene selectively inhibited the growth of human non-small-cell lung-cancer cells and human ovarian-cancer cells [302]. Moreover, it was able to overcome the cisplatin-resistance developed in cancer cells [302]. β-Elemene showed strong antiangionenic effects. At doses of 20 and 50 mg/kg/day for 21 days, it suppressed VEGF expression in B16F10 melanoma cells in mice, and repressed VEGF-dependent tumor angiogenesis [276]. When used in vitro at 20 and 50 mM, β-elemene inhibited the VEGF-induced sprouting of rat aortic-ring vessels in chick embryo chorioallantoic membranes [276]. β-Elemene protected against carbon tetrachloride-induced liver fibrosis in rats through downregulating the expression of plasma endotoxin, serum TNF-α, and hepatic cluster of differentiation 14 (CD14) [277]. β-Elemene (i.p., 50 and 100 mg/kg) reduced angiogenesis in gastric-cancer stem-like cells [304]. In vivo experiments showed that β-elemene treatment suppressed the growth of brain, lung, breast, colon, cervix, and prostate cancers (IC50 = 47–95 µg/mL) [278]. In a clinical trial, β-elemene was effective in managing malignant pleural and peritoneal effusions with local pain, fever, and gastrointestional disturbance as the major adverse effects [237]. In another clinical trial that included 40 brain-cancer cases, β-elemene treatment reduced average tumor size by 61%, and four cases completely recovered [279]. No toxicity or dermal data were found for β-elemene; however, its antiangiogenic action might suggest caution in pregnancy.
Terpinolene showed potent DPPH-scavenging activity [280] and remarkable protection against LDL oxidation [125]. Terpinolene was chemoprotective against the in vitro formation of the carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) by 79% inhibition [263]. It was neither irritating nor sensitizing when tested at 20% on volunteers [305]. Terpinolene was the reason behind several cases of tea tree oil allergenicity [125]. Terpinolene was sensitizing to all of 16 dermatitis patients sensitive to tea tree oil when tested at 10% [306]. The acute oral LD50 of terpinolene was 4.4 mL/kg in rats and mice [305]. The skin-sensitization thresholds of terpinolene are not known, but the limited data available suggests minimal toxicity.
8,9-Dehydro-9-formyl-cycloisolongifolene showed a good DPPH radical-scavenging activity [281]. It was reported to inhibit Akt/NF-κB signaling pathways in H1299 cells [199]. Curcumol induced apoptosis in human lung adenocarcinoma ASTC-a-1 cells [282]. Curzerene showed excellent antioxidant [168] and anticancer activities [283]. β-Sesquiphellandrene demonstrated remarkable DPPH-scavenging activity [168]. It showed anticancer potential when compared with curcumin [284] and was cytotoxic to the mouse lymphocytic leukemia (L1210) cell line [307]. ar-Curcumene appears to be responsible for the antitumor effects of C. zanthorrhiza [248]. α-Phellandrene possesses antioxidant, antinociceptive, and anti-inflammatory effects [285,286].

Author Contributions

Conceptualization, writing—original draft preparation, N.S.D.; writing—review and editing, N.S.D. and W.N.S.


This work was carried out as part of the activities of the Aromatic Plant Research Center (APRC, The authors are grateful to dōTERRA International ( for financial support of the APRC.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest. The funding sponsor, dōTERRA International, played no role in the design of the study; in the collection, analysis, or interpretation of the data; conclusions of the study; or in the decision to publish the results.


A549human lung-cancer cells
ABTS2,2’-azinodi (3-ethyl benz-thiazoline sulfonic acid) diammonium salt
AGShuman gastric adenocarcinoma cells
Aktprotein kinase B
ASTC-a-1human lung-adenocarcinoma cells
B16melanoma cells
B16BL6mouse melanoma cells
B16F10melanoma cells
Ca Skihuman cervical cancer
CD14cluster of differentiation 14
CRTOcurcumin-removed turmeric oleoresin
EC50half maximal effective concentration
EOessential oil
FRAPferric-reducing/antioxidant power
GRASgenerally recognized as safe
H1299human lung-cancer cells
HCT116human colon-cancer cells
HDLhigh-density lipoprotein
HeLahuman cervical-adenocarcinoma cells
Hep-2laryngeal-cancer cells
HepG2human hepatoma cell line
HFDhigh-fat diet
HL-60human myeloid leukemia cells
Hs578Tbreast-tumor cells
HSMEheadspace solvent microextraction
HT-29human colorectal-cancer cells
IC50median inhibitory concentration
IKKIκB kinase
iNOSinducible nitric oxide synthase
J774.2murine macrophages
K-562Human erythroleukemia cells
KBhuman mouth epidermal carcinoma cells
L1210mouse lymphocytic leukemia cells
LC50median lethal concentration
LD100absolute lethal dose
LD50median lethal dose
LDLlow-density lipoprotein
LNCaPhuman prostate acedocarcinoma cells
MCF-7human breast-cancer cells
MDA-MB-231human breast-cancer cells
MICMinimal inhibitory concentration
NF-κBnuclear factor-kappa B
NG108-15mouse neuroblastoma cells
NSCLCnon-small-cell lung carcinoma cells
p.o.per os (oral administration)
P388mouse leukemia cells
PANC-1pancreatic-cancer cells
PC-3prostate-tumor cells
PGE2prostaglandin E2
PKCprotein kinase C
PLEpressurized liquid extraction
ppmparts per million
RAW 264.7mouse macrophage cells
RBL-2H3rat leukemia cells
SDsteam distillation
SEsolvent extract
SFEsupercritical fluid extraction
SiHahuman cervical-cancer cells
SKOV3human ovarian-cancer cells
SMMC-7721human hepatoma cells
SNU-1colorectal-cancer cells
SPMEsolid phase microextraction
THP-1human monocytes
TNF-αtumor necrosis factor-α
U-251human glioblastoma cells
U-87human glioblastoma cells
U937human lymphoma
VEGFvascular endothelial growth factor
ZOIzone of inhibition


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Figure 1. Chemical structures of key volatile components in the essential oil from Curcuma spp. rhizomes.
Figure 1. Chemical structures of key volatile components in the essential oil from Curcuma spp. rhizomes.
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Table 1. Major volatile components (>5%) in different Curcuma spp.
Table 1. Major volatile components (>5%) in different Curcuma spp.
Curcuma SpeciesOriginPart Used (Extraction Method)Major Components (>5%)Reference
C. aeruginosa Roxb.Pahang, MalaysiaRhizome (SD)8,9-Dehydro-9-formyl-cycloisolongifolene (35.3%), dihydrocostunolide (22.5%), velleral (10.0%), and germacrone (6.5%)[28]
C. aeruginosa Roxb.Ratchaburi, ThailandFresh rhizome (HD)Germacrone (23.5%), curzerenone (11.8%) and 1,8-cineole (10.9%)[29]
C. aeruginosa Roxb.Phetchabun, ThailandPowdered rhizome (HD)1,8-Cineole (22.7%), germacrone (17.7%), furanodiene (11.4%), and β-pinene (8.0%)[30]
C. aeruginosa Roxb.MalaysiaRhizome (HD)1,8-Cineole (23.2%) and curzerenone (28.4%)[31]
C. aeruginosa Roxb.MalaysiaRhizome (HD)Curzerenone (24.6%), 1,8-cineole (11.0%), camphor (10.6%), zedoarol (6.3%), isocurcumenol (5.8%), curcumenol (5.6%), and furanogermenone (5.5%)[32]
C. aeruginosa Roxb.Chiang Mai, ThailandRhizome (HD)Camphor (29.4%), germacrone (21.2%), borneol (7.3%), and germacrene B (5.2%)[2]
C. aeruginosa Roxb.Kerala, IndiaRhizome (HD)Curcumenol (38.7%) and β-pinene (27.5%)[17]
C. aeruginosa Roxb.Pahang, MalaysiaRhizome (SE, MTBE)Methenolone (16.6%), 8,9-dehydro-9-formyl-cycloisolongifolene (15.9%), labd-13-en-15-oic acid,8,12-epoxy-12-hydroxy-γ-lactone (10.8%), propiolic acid, 3-(1-hydroxy)-2 isopropyl-1,5-methylcyclohexyl) (7.8%), and 4-oxo-β-isodamascol (5.2%)[33]
C. aeruginosa Roxb.Phetchabun, ThailandRhizome (SE, hexane)Dehydrocurdione (27.6%), curcumenol (15.1%), germacrone (10.2%), and gajutsulactone A (6.3%)[30]
C. aeruginosa Roxb.South IndiaLeaf (HD)1,8-Cineole (17.7%), curzerenone (10.5%), furanogermenone (7.8%), camphor (7.5%), (Z)-3-hexenol (5.8%), and furanodienone (5.1%)[34]
C. aeruginosa Roxb.VietnamLeaf (HD)Curzerene (16.2%), germacrone (13.6%), 1,8-cineole (13.5%), and camphor (5.7%)[35]
C. albiflora ThwaitesRatnapura, Sri LankaRhizome (HD)α-Pinene (14.5%), caryophyllene oxide (9.4%), and alconfor (5.1%)[13]
C. alismatifolia Gagnep.Prachin Buri, ThailandFresh root (HD)(–)-Xanthorrhizol (52.4%) and ar-curcumene (27.4%)[36]
Prachin Buri, ThailandFresh rhizome (HD)β-Curcumene (42.0%), (-)-xanthorrhixol (36.6%), and ar-curcumene (7.5%)[36]
C. amada Roxb.Andhra Pradesh, IndiaRhizome (HD)Myrcene (80.5%)[37]
C. amada Roxb.Uttarakhand, IndiaRhizome (HD)Myrcene (88.8%)[38]
C. amada Roxb.Northeastern IndiaFresh rhizome (HD)Myrcene (88.6%)[39]
C. amada Roxb.New Delhi, IndiaRhizome (SD)(Z)-β-Farnesene (21.9%), guaia-6,9-diene (19.8%), α-longipinene (14.8%), α-guaiene (14.5%), and camphor (5.5%).[40]
C. amada Roxb.Mysore, IndiaFresh rhizome (HD)(E)-Hydroocimene (15.9%), (Z)-hydroocimene (14.2%), myrcene (14.9%), and linalool (13.4%)[41]
C. amada Roxb.Lucknow, IndiaRhizome (HD)ar-Curcumene (28.1%), β-curcumene (11.2%), camphor (11.2%), curzerenone (7.1%), and 1,8-cineole (6.0%)[42]
C. amada Roxb.Uttarakhand, IndiaLeaf (HD)Camphor (17.9%), epi-curzerenone (10.8%), curzerenone (9.5%), and isoborneol (7.3%)[38]
C. angustifolia Roxb.Central IndiaRhizome (HD)Xanthorrhizol isomer (12.7%), methyleugenol (10.5%), and palmitic acid (5.2%)[43]
C. angustifolia Roxb.Southern IndiaRhizome (HD)Germacrone (12.8%), camphor (12.3%), isoborneol (8.7%), and curdione (8.4%)[43]
C. angustifolia Roxb.Chiang Mai, ThailandRoot (HD)β-Elemenone (65.0%)[44]
C. angustifolia Roxb.Chiang Mai, ThailandRhizome (HD)Camphor (36.9%) and germacrone (31.5%)[44]
C. angustifolia Roxb.IndiaRhizome (HD)Curzerenone (72.6%)[45]
C. angustifolia Roxb.IndiaLeaf (HD)Curzerenone (33.2%), 14-hydroxy-δ-cadinene (18.6%), and γ-eudesmol acetate (7.3%)[45]
C. aromatica Salisb.Northeast IndiaRhizome (HD)Camphor (32.3%), curzerenone (11.0%), α-turmerone (6.7%), ar-turmerone (6.3%), and 1,8-cineole (5.5%)[46]
C. aromatica Salisb.ChinaRhizome (SD)8,9-Dehydro-9-formyl-cycloisolongifolene (2.7–36.8%), germacrone (4.3–16.5%), ar-turmerone (2.5–17.7%), turmerone (2.6–18.4%), ermanthin (0.8–13.3%), β-sesquiphellandrene (0.3–11.3%), and ar-curcumene (0.3–10.5%).[47]
C. aromatica Salisb.Assam, IndiaRhizome (SD)Camphor (25.6%), curzerenone (10.9%), germacrone (10.6%), 1,8-cineole (9.3%), isoborneol (8.2%), and camphene (7.4%)[48]
C. aromatica Salisb.Kerala, IndiaRhizome (HD)Camphor (18.8%), camphene (10.2%), 1,8-cineole (10.1%), borneol (8.2%), and β-elemene (7.5%)[17]
C. aromatica Salisb.Yulin, ChinaFresh rhizome (SD)Curdione (50.6%) and germacrone (9.5%)[49]
C. aromatica Salisb.JapanDry rhizome (SD)Curcumol (35.8%), 1,8-cineole (12.2%), ar-turmerone (7.0%), linalool (6.4%), humulene oxide (6.1%), and caryophyllene oxide (5.9%)[50]
C. aromatica Salisb.Kerala, IndiaRhizome (HD)Xanthorrhizol (26.3%), ar-curcumene (19.5%), and di-epi-α-cedrene (16.5%)[51]
C. aromatica Salisb.Ratnapura, Sri LankaRhizome (HD)Camphor (32.3%), curzerenone (11.0%), α-turmerone (6.7%), ar-turmerone (6.3%), and 1,8-cineole (5.5%)[13]
C. aromatica Salisb.ThailandRhizome (HD)1H-3a,7-methanoazulene (30.0%), curcumene (25.7%), and xanthorrhizol (13.7%)[52]
C. aromatica Salisb.ThailandRhizome (SE, hexane)Xanthorrhizol (35.1%), 1H-3a,7-methanoazulene (21.8%), and curcumene (13.8%)[52]
C. aromatica Salisb.Hebei, ChinaDry root (HSME)β-Elemene (6.3%), germacrone (5.6%), and arzingiberone (5.3%)[53]
C. aromatica Salisb.Hebei, ChinaDry root (SD)Germacrone (9.1%), curcumenol (8.5%), isocurcumenol (7.5%), and arzingiberone (5.1%)[53]
C. aromatica Salisb.Hebei, ChinaDry root (SPME)Curcumenol (8.9%), isocurcumenol (8.7%), germacrone (6.7%), 1-methoxy-4-(1-propenyl)-benzene (5.7%), and curzerenone (5.3%)[53]
C. aromatica Salisb.Assam, IndiaLeaf (SD)1,8-Cineole (20.0%), camphor (18.0%) germacrone (11.8%), camphene (9.4%), limonene (8.6%), and isoborneol (6.4%)[48]
C. aromatica Salisb.Gorakhpur, IndiaLeaf (HD)p-Cymene (25.2%), 1,8-cineole (24.0%), α-terpineol (8.1%), and 2-oxabicyclo (3,2,1) octane-1-,4-dimethyl-8-methylene (8.1%)[37]
C. aromatica Salisb.Northeast IndiaLeaf (HD)Camphor (28.5%), curzerenone (6.2%), and 1,8-cineole (6.1%)[46]
C. aromatica Salisb.Kushtia, BangladeshLeaf (HD)Camphor (26.3%), borneol (16.5%), vinyldimethylcarbinol (12.2%), caryophyllene oxide (6.3%), cubenol (5.6%), and cucumber alcohol (5.2%)[54]
C. aromatica Salisb.Assam, IndiaPetiole (SD)Camphor (16.8%), 1,8-cineole (8.8%), caryophyllene oxide (8.7%), patchouli alcohol (8.4%), isoborneol (6.8%), and elsholtzia ketone (6.0%)[48]
C. aurantiaca ZijpKerala, IndiaFresh rhizome (HD)Piperitenone (65.2%), 1,8-cineole (13.1%), and camphor (5.7%)[55]
C. aurantiaca ZijpZhejiang, IndiaFresh rhizome (HD)1,8-cineole (15.3%), camphor (10.1%), germacrone (6.9%), β-elemene (6.3%), curzerene (6.7%), and β-elemenone (5.2%)[56]
C. caesia Roxb.Kerala, IndiaRhizome (HD)1,8-Cineole (30.1%), camphor (15.2%), ar-curcumene (14.8%), and camphene (8.2%)[17]
C. caesia Roxb.Central IndiaRhizome (HD)Camphor (28.3%), ar-turmerone (12.3%), (Z)-β-ocimene (8.2%), ar-curcumene (6.8%), and 1,8-cineole (5.3%)[57]
C. caesia Roxb.IndiaLeaf (HD)1,8-Cineole (27.0%) and camphor (16.8%)[58]
C. elata Roxb.Guangzhou, ChinaFresh rhizome (SD)8,9-Dehydro-9-formyl-cycloisolongifolene (52.2%) and germacrone (14.0%)[49]
C. glans K. Larsen and MoodChiang Mai, ThailandRhizome (HD)Germacrone (15.8%), β-pinene (10.0%), camphor (10.0%), and 2-nonanol (6.9%)[2]
C. haritha Mangaly and M. SabuSouthern IndiaRhizome (HD)Camphor (36.0%), 1,8-cineole (13.9%), isoborneol (10.6%), curdione (6.9%), and camphene (5.7%)[59]
C. harmandii Gagnep.VietnamRhizome (SD)1,8-Cineole (4.5-12.5%), germacrone (9.0–20.5%), β-pinene (1.2–22.6%), β-elemene (6.5–11.3%), and isocurcumenol (3.7–13.4%)[60]
C. harmandii Gagnep.VietnamRoot (SD)Germacrone (24.4%), isocurcumenol (12.9%), and curcumenol (10.8%)[60]
C. harmandii Gagnep.VietnamLeaf (SD)1,8-Cineole (13.5%), germacrone (11.5%), and curdione (36.8%)[60]
C. harmandii Gagnep.VietnamStem (SD)1,8-Cineole (21.8%), germacrone (15.5%), and curdione (25.3%)[60]
C. harmandii Gagnep.VietnamFlower (SD)Curdione (27.0%) and an unidentified oxygenated sesquiterpene (12.3%)[60]
C. inodora Blatt.MalaysiaFresh rhizome (HD)Curzerenone (20.8%), germacrone (11.1%), curdione (7.5%), and 1,8-cineole (5.3%)[61]
C. inodora Blatt.MalaysiaLeaf (HD)Curzerenone (16.9%), germacrone (7.5%), 1,8-cineole (5.3%), and farnesol (5.0%)[61]
C. kwangsiensis S.G. Lee and C.F. LiangGuangzhou, ChinaFresh rhizome (SD)α-Elemene (12.8%), germacrene D (8.2%), spathulenol (5.8%), curdinone (5.9%), and β-bisabolene (5.4%)[49]
C. kwangsiensis S.G. Lee and C.F. LiangGuangxi, ChinaRhizome (HD)Germacrone (13.2%), β-elemenone (12.8%), β-elemene (4.5–6.8%), curzerenone (5.6–7.6%), and curdione (3.0–6.0%)[62]
C. kwangsiensis S.G.Lee and C.F.LiangChinaRhizome (HD)8,9-Dehydro-9-formyl-cycloisolongifolene (2.37–42.59%), germacrone (6.53–22.20%), and l-camphor (0.19–6.12%).[63]
C. longa L.Tamil Nadu, IndiaDry rhizome (HD)ar-Turmerone (53.1%), β-turmerone (6.4%), and α-turmerone (6.2%)[64]
C. longa L.Mumbai, IndiaDry rhizome (HD)ar-Turmerone + turmerone (68–70%) and curlone (12–15%)[65]
C. longa L.Kanpur, IndiaFresh rhizome (HD)ar-Turmerone (31.7%), α-turmerone (12.9%), β-turmerone (12.0%), and (Z)-β-ocimene (5.5%)[66]
C. longa L.Gorakhpur, IndiaRhizome (HD)ar-Turmerone (51.7%), β-bisabolene (10.7%), α-turmerone (11.9%), zingiberene (10.2%), and β-caryophyllene (5.6%)[37]
C. longa L.Gorakhpur, IndiaFresh rhizome (HD)ar-Turmerone (24.4%), α-turmerone (20.5%), and β-turmerone (11.1%)[23]
C. longa L.Gorakhpur, IndiaDry rhizome (HD)ar-Turmerone (21.4%), α-santalene (7.2%), ar-curcumene (6.6%), and santalenone (5.6%)[23]
C. longa L.Gorakhpur, IndiaFresh rhizome (SE, ethanol)α-Turmerone (53.4%), β-turmerone (18.1%), and ar-turmerone (6.2%)[23]
C. longa L.Gorakhpur, IndiaDry rhizome (SE, ethanol)ar-Turmerone (9.6%), α-santalene (7.8%), β-sesquiphellandrene (6.9%), α-turmerone (6.5%), and α-zingiberene (6.1%)[23]
C. longa L.Karnataka, IndiaFresh rhizome (HD)α-Turmerone (33.5%), ar-turmerone (21.0%), and β-turmerone (18.9%)[67]
C. longa L.Karnataka, IndiaDry rhizome (HD)ar-Turmerone (30.3%), α-turmerone (26.5%), and β-turmerone (19.1%)[67]
C. longa L.Karnataka, IndiaCured rhizome (HD)ar-Turmerone (28.3%), α-turmerone (24.8%), and β-turmerone (21.1%)[67]
C. longa L.Mysore, IndiaRhizome (SE, hexane)ar-Turmerone (21.4%), zingiberene (15.0%), (Z)-β-farnesene (14.0%), ar-curcumene (10.3%), turmerone (6.2%), and curlone (5.1%)[22]
C. longa L.Bangalore, IndiaRhizome (HD)Turmerone (44.1%), β-turmerone (18.5%), and ar-turmerone (5.4%)[68]
C. longa L.Gorakhpur, IndiaDried rhizome (HD)ar-Turmerone (49.1%) and α-turmerone (11.6%)[69]
C. longa L.Calicut, IndiaRhizome (HD)ar-Turmerone (31.1%), curlone (10.6%), turmerone (10.0%), and ar-curcumene (6.3%)[70]
C. longa L.Calicut, IndiaRoot (HD)ar-Turmerone (46.8%) and ar-curcumene (7.0%)[70]
C. longa L.Kuala Selangor, MalaysiaFresh rhizome (HD)ar-Turmerone (45.8%) and curcumenol (18.2%)[71]
C. longa L.Faisalabad, Pakistanrhizome (SD)ar-Turmerone (25.3 %), α-tumerone (18.3 %), and curlone (12.5 %)[72]
C. longa L.PakistanRhizome (HD)ar-Turmerone (38.6%), a-turmerone (8.9%), and β-turmerone (12.9%)[73]
C. longa L.Sichuan, ChinaDried rhizomes (SD)ar-Turmerone (49.0%), humulene oxide (16.6%), β-selinene (10.2%), and caryophyllene oxide (5.6%)[50]
C. longa L.ChinaFresh rhizome (HD)ar-Turmerone (0.9–42.9%), β-turmerone (5.1–42.5%), α-zingiberene (0.3–25.1%), ar-curcumene (1.2–15.7%), and β-sesquiphellandrene (0.1–14.9%)[74]
C. longa L.Sichuan, ChinaRhizome (SFE)α-Turmerone (40.8%), zingiberene (16.9%), β-turmerone (14.1%), ar-turmerone (11.0%), and β-sesquiphellandrene (10.0%)[75]
C. longa L.Mara Rosa, BrazilRhizome (HD)ar-Turmerone (33.2%), α-turmerone (23.5%), and β-turmerone (22.7%)[76]
C. longa L.Mara Rosa, BrazilFresh rhizome (HD)α-Turmerone (42.6%), β-turmerone (16%), ar-turmerone (12.9%), and α-phellandrene (6.5%)[77]
C. longa L.Minas Gerais, BrazilRhizome (SE)(Z)-γ-Atlantone (33.4%), ar-turmerone (21.8 %), and (E)-γ-atlantone (18.7%)[78]
C. longa L.Minas Gerais, BrazilRhizome (HD)(Z)-γ-Atlantone (44.0%), (E)-γ-atlantone (18.3%), and ar-turmerone (18.0%)[78]
C. longa L.Isfahan, IranDry rhizome (HD)ar-Turmerone (68.9%) and α-turmerone (20.9%)[79]
C. longa L.BrazilRhizome (SFE)ar-Turmerone (51.9%) and (E)-γ-atlantone (19.6%)[80]
C. longa L.BrazilRhizome (HD)ar-Turmerone (49.3%) and (E)-γ-atlantone (19.2%)[80]
C. longa L.Ondo, NigeriaFresh rhizome (HD)Turmerone (35.9%), α-phyllandrene (15.5%), curlone (12.9%), 1,8-cineole (10.3%), and ar-turmerone (10.0%)[81]
C. longa L.CameroonRhizome (HD)α-Turmerone (43.1%), ar-turmerone (17.6%), and curlone (17.5%)[82]
C. longa L.BhutanRhizome (HD)α-Turmerone (30.0–32.0%), ar-turmerone (17.0–26.0%), and β-turmerone (15.0–18.4%)[83]
C. longa L.Reunion, FranceRhizome (SD)α-Turmerone (21.4%), terpinolene (15.8%), zingiberene (11.8%), β-sesquiphellandrene (8.8%), ar-turmerone (7.7%), β-turmerone (7.1%), and β-caryophyllene (5.7%)[84]
C. longa L.North Central NigeriaFresh rhizome (HD)β-Bisabolene (13.9%), (E)-β-ocimene (9.8%), myrcene (7.6%), 1,8-cineole (6.9%), α-thujene (6.7%), α-phellandrene (6.4%), limonene (5.3%), zingiberene (5.2%), and β-sesquiphellandrene (5.2%)[85]
C. longa L.North Indian PlainsRhizome (HD)1,8-Cineole (11.2%), α-turmerone (11.1%), β-caryophyllene (9.8%), ar-turmerone (7.3%), and β-sesquiphellandrene (7.1%)[86]
C. longa L.Kerala, IndiaRhizome (HD)1,8-Cineole (28.2%), β-elemene (8.2%), camphor (6.9%), α-farnesene (6.3%), and (Z,Z)-farnesol (5.2%)[17]
C. longa L.São Tomé and PrincipeRhizome (HD)α-Phellandrene (15.5–30.4%), α-turmerone (12.2–23.9%), 1,8-cineole (10.2–23.0%), ar-turmerone (4.0–12.8%), β-turmerone (4.3–11.5%), and p-cymene (2.5–5.5%)[87]
C. longa L.Colombo, Sri LankaRhizome (HD)α-Phellandrene (18.2%), 1,8-cineole (14.6%), p-cymene (13.3%), and terpinolene (11.6%)[13]
C. longa L.MalaysiaRhizome (HD)Furanogermenone (53.1%), germacrone (9.6%) and β-elemene (8.8%), camphor (6.3%), and isofuranodiene (5.6%)[88]
C. longa L.MalaysiaRhizome (HD)α-Tumerone (45.3%), linalool (14.9%), and β-tumerone (13.5%)[31]
C. longa L.Calicut, IndiaFlower (HD)p-Cymen-8-ol (26.0%) and terpinolene (7.4%)[70]
C. longa L.Reunion, FranceFlower (SD)Terpinolene (67.4%)[84]
C. longa L.Reunion, FranceLeaf (SD)Terpinolene (76.8%)[84]
C. longa L.Kanpur, IndiaFresh leaf (HD)α-Phellandrene (9.1%), terpinolene (8.8%), 1,8-cinceole (7.3%), undecanol (7.1), and p-cymene (5.5%)[66]
C. longa L.Kerala, IndiaLeaf (HD)α-Phellandrene (24.4%), terpinolene (13.1%), p-cymene (11.1%), and 1,8-cineole (7.0%)[89]
C. longa L.Uttar Pradesh, IndiaLeaf (HD)p-Cymene (25.4%), 1,8-cineole (18.0%), cis-sabinol (7.4%), and α-pinene (6.3%)[90]
C. longa L.Bangalore, IndiaLeaf (HD)α-Phellandrene (53.4%), terpinolene (11.5%), and 1,8-cineole (10.5%)[68]
C. longa L.Calicut, IndiaLeaf (HD)α-Phellandrene (32.6%), terpinolene (26%), 1,8-cineole (6.5%), and p-cymene (5.9%)[70]
C. longa L.BhutanLeaf (HD)α-Phellandrene (18.2%), 1,8-cineole (14.6%), p-cymene (13.3%), terpinolene (11.6%), and β-pinene (7.2%),[83]
C. longa L.NigeriaLeaf (HD)α-Phellandrene (47.7%) and terpinolene (28.9%)[91]
C. longa L.Kerala, IndiaLeaf (HD)β-Sesquiphellandrene (22.8%) and terpinolene (9.5%)[92]
C. longa L.Nainital, IndiaLeaf (SD)Terpinolene (71.2%) and 1,8-cineole (6.2%)[93]
C. longa L.Southern NigeriaLeaf (HD)ar-Turmerone (63.4%), α-turmerone (13.7%), and β-turmerone (12.6%)[94]
C. longa L.Selangor, MalaysiaLeaf (PLE)α-Phellandrene (13.8–20.7%), 1,8-cineole (14.4–15.1%), terpinolene (7.7–9.4%), and p-cymene (5.0–6.4%)[95]
C. longa L.Belem, BrazilFresh leaf (HD)β-Phyllandrene (31.5%), α-terpinolene (22.5%), and 1,8-cineole (15.2)[96]
C. longa L.VietnamLeaf (HD)α-Phellandrene (24.5%), 1,8-cineole (15.9%), p-cymene (13.2%) and β-pinene (8.9%)[97]
C. longa L.IndiaLeaf (HD)Terpinolene (87.8%)[58]
C. longa L.IndiaLeaf (HD)Myrcene (48.8%) and terpinolene (10.1%)[58]
C. mangga Valeton and ZijpPahang, MalaysiaRhizome (SD)Caryophyllene oxide (18.7%) and caryophyllene (12.7%)[28]
C. mangga Valeton and ZijpMalaysiaRhizome (HD)Myrcene (46.5%) and β-pinene (14.6%)[98]
C. mangga Valeton and ZijpPenang, MalaysiaRhizome (HD)Myrcene (78.7%) and (E)-β-ocimene (5.1%)[99]
C. mangga Valeton and ZijpMalaysiaRhizome (HD)Myrcene (81.4%)[31]
C. nankunshanensis N. Liu, X.B. Ye and Juan ChenHuizhou, ChinaFresh rhizome (SD)Curdione (23.7%), germacrone (18.8%), 8,9-dehydro-9-formyl-cycloisolongifolene (10.7%), and velleral (6.1%)[49]
C. oligantha TrimenBadulla, Sri LankaRhizome (HD)Caryophyllene (15.1%), phytol (13.4), α-humulene (8.2%), γ-elemene (6.1%), and caryophyllene oxide (5.8%)[13]
C. phaeocaulis ValetonChinaRhizome (SD)8,9-Dehydro-9-formyl-cycloisolongifolene (15.6–46.2%), germacrone (8.9–21.2%), curlone (0.8–20.2%), α-caryophyllene (0.1–11.0%), curzerene (0.6–9.8%), and β-elemene (0.6–5.4%)[100]
C. pierreana Gagnep.VietnamFlower (HD)Isoborneol (27.3%), camphor (24.1%), isobornyl acetate (7.3%), camphene (6.7%), and α-pinene (5.1%)[101]
C. pseudomontana J. GrahamTamil Nadu, IndiaRhizome (HD)β-Elemenone (22.1%), pseudocumenol (20.7%), germacrone (15.2%), 2-(4-methoxyphenyl) N, N-trimethyl-1-pyrrolamine (13.1%), and (1,5 dimethyl-4-hexenyl)-4-methylbenzene (7.3%)[102]
C. purpurascens BlumeYogyakarta, IndonesiaDried rhizome (HD)Turmerone (13.5%), germacrone (13.2%), ar-turmerone (9.4%), germacrene-B (8.8%), curlone (6.2%), and curzerene (5.8%)[103]
C. rhabdota Sirirugsa and M.F. NewmanBangkok, ThailandFresh rhizome (HD)Germacrone (24.4%), butyl butanoate (14.2%), sec-butyl butanoate (8.8%), camphene (7.0%), and germacrene B (6.3%)[104]
C. rubescens Roxb.Guangzhou, ChinaFresh rhizome (SD)Zerumbone (15.5%), ar-turmerone (13.8%), germacrone (13.5%), camphor (8.7%), and aromadendrene oxide (7.1%)[49]
C. sichuanensis X.X. ChenChengdu, ChinaFresh rhizome (SD)Germacrone (28.1%), β-elemenone (10.7%), and isoaromadendrene epoxide (8.4%)[49]
C. sichuanensis X.X. ChenSichuan, ChinaDried rhizome (SD)ar-Turmerone (43.5%), β-selinene (13.4%), δ-cadinene (13.2%), humulene oxide (8.0%), and curcumol (6.9%)[50]
C. sichuanensis X.X. ChenSichuan, ChinaRhizome (SD)epi-Curzerenone (26.9%), germacrone (12.4%), isocurcumenol (9.7%), β-elemene (6.4%), and curzerene (6.2%)[105]
C. singulris Gagnep.Gia Lai, VietnamFresh rhizome (SD)Camphor (25.8%) and germacrone (8.0%)[106]
C. sylvatica ValetonKerala, IndiaRhizome (HD)α-Fenchene (70.0%)[17]
C. trichosantha GagnepVietnamRhizome (HD)Curdione (47.4%), curcumol (7.0%), and germacrone (6.1%)[107]
C. yunnanensis N. Liu and S.J. ChenGuangzhou, ChinaFresh rhizome (SD)Germacrone (13.5%), 8,9-dehydro-9-formyl-cycloisolongifolene (13.1%), dihydrocostunolide (12.3%), β-farnesene (7.5%), and aromadendrene oxide (7.4%)[49]
C. zanthorrhiza Roxb.Mustika Ratu Jakarta, IndonesiaDry rhizome (SD)α-Curcumene (64.8%) and camphor (6.0%)[108]
C. zanthorrhiza Roxb.Chiang Mai Province, ThailandRhizome (HD)α-Terpinolene (24.9%), p-cymen-7-ol (12.2%), p-cymene (8.1%), and β-pinene (6.8%)[2]
C. zanthorrhiza Roxb.Kuala Selangor, MalaysiaFresh rhizome (HD)Xanthorrhizol (31.9%), β-curcumene (17.1%), ar-curcumene (13.2%), citronellyl pentanoate (5.7%), and camphor (5.4%)[71]
C. zanthorrhiza Roxb.MalaysiaRhizome (HD)Xanthorrhizol (44.5%)[31]
C. zedoaria (Christm.) RoscoeMaharajGanj, IndiaRhizome (HD)1,8-Cineole (18.5%), p-cymene (18.4%), and α-phellandrene (14.9%)[37]
C. zedoaria (Christm.) RoscoeRuian, ChinaRhizome (SD)Curzerene (29.4%), curdione (19.6%), 1,8-cineole (9.7%), germacrone (9.2%), and β-elemene (8.1%)[109]
C. zedoaria (Christm.) RoscoeChanghwa, TaiwanDry rhizome (SD)Epicurzerene (24.1%), curzerene (10.4%), and curdione (7.0%)[7]
C. zedoaria (Christm.) RoscoeChinaDry rhizome (HD)Epicurzerene (46.6%), curdione (13.7%), and 5-isopropylidene-3,8-dimethyl-1(5H)-azulenone (9.2%)[110]
C. zedoaria (Christm.) RoscoeKerala, IndiaRhizome (HD)Epicurzerenone (19.0%), ar-curcumene (12.1%), zingiberene (12.0%), β-sesquiphellandrene (9.8%), curzerene (8.0%), and germacrene B (6.0%).[17]
C. zedoaria (Christm.) RoscoeGorakhpur, IndiaRhizome (HD)Curzerenone (31.6%), germacrone (10.8%) and camphor (10.3%)[111]
C. zedoaria (Christm.) RoscoeColombo, Sri LankaRhizome (HD)Debromofiliforminol (31.5%), camphor (11.8%), aromadendrene (11.8%), benzofuran (8.8%), and germacrone (5.2%)[13]
C. zedoaria (Christm.) RoscoeGorakhpur, IndiaDry rhizome (HD)Curzerene (31.6%), germacrone (10.8%), and camphor (10.3%)[111]
C. zedoaria (Christm.) RoscoeNortheast IndiaRhizome (HD)Curzerene (22.3%), 1,8-cineole (15.9%), and germacrone (9.0%)[112]
C. zedoaria (Christm.) RoscoeKerala, IndiaRhizome (HD)1,8-Cineole (40.8%), curcumenene (18.7%), and camphor (10.2%)[17]
C. zedoaria (Christm.) RoscoeKerala, IndiaRhizome (HD)1,8-Cineole (24.6%), β-sesquiphellandrene (21.5%), and elemenone (13.6%)[17]
C. zedoaria (Christm.) RoscoeThailandRhizome (HD)1,8-Cineol (37.6%) and curzerenone (13.7%)[113]
C. zedoaria (Christm.) RoscoeShanghai, ChinaCommercialCurzerene (26.5%), 1,8-cineole (12.0%), curcumol (9.0%), pyridine (8.0%), germacrone (7.9%), and β-elemene (7.4%)[114]
C. zedoaria (Christm.) RoscoeLucknow, IndiaLeaf (HD)α-Terpinyl acetate (8.4%), isoborneol (7.0%), dehydrocurdione (9.0%), and selina-4(15),7(11)-dien-8-one (9.4%)[115]
HD = hydrodistillation; SD = steam distillation; SE = solvent extract; MTBE = methyl tert-butyl ether; SFE = supercritical fluid extraction; SPME = solid-phase microextraction; HSME = headspace solvent microextraction; PLE = pressurized liquid extraction.
Table 2. Biological activities of different Curcuma essential oils.
Table 2. Biological activities of different Curcuma essential oils.
Curcuma Essential OilBiological ActivityReference
C. longa rhizome EOAntihyperlipidemic (in vivo, high-fat diet-induced hyperlipidemia rats, and hyperlipidemic golden Syrian hamsters)[75,163]
Antidiabetic and hypoglycemic (in vivo, obese diabetic rats, ≥620 mg/kg/day)[164]
Antiobesity (in vivo, obese diabetic rats, ≥620 mg/kg/day)[165]
α-Glucosidase and α-amylase inhibitor[96,166,167]
Antioxidant (in vitro, DPPH assay, FRAP assay, superoxide anion assay, and metal chelating assay)[50,74,168,169]
Neuroprotective (in vivo, postmyocardial ischemia/reperfusion in rats)[166,170,171,172]
Antiplatelet and antithrombosis (in vivo, myocardial ischemia-reperfusion and thrombosis rat models, 500 mg/kg, p.o.)[172,173,174]
Cytotoxic (in vitro, KB, P388, PANC-1, B16, LNCaP and HeLa cells)[23,74,175,176,177,178]
Anti-inflammatory (in vitro)[176,178,179,180,181]
Antiarthritic and joint-protective (in vivo, i.p., animal model of rheumatoid arthritis)[23,182]
Hepatoprotective and antihepatotoxic (in vivo, acute ethanol-induced fatty liver in rats, 200 mg/kg)[23,183]
Antiatherosclerotic[96] [184]
Antifatty liver (in vivo, acute ethanol-induced fatty liver in rats, 200 mg/kg)[186]
Antimutagenic (in vitro)[178,187]
Sedative and anesthetic (in vivo, mouse model and fish)[81,96]
Antivenom (in vivo, mouse model, Bothrops jararaca and Crotalus durissus venom)[188]
Antibacterial (Helicobacter pylori, Bacillus cereus, B. coagulans, B. subtilis, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Proteus mirabilis, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa)[189,190]
Antifungal (Aspergillus flavus, A. niger, A. parasiticum, Rhizoctonia solani, Helminthosporium oryzae, Trichoconis padwickii, Curvularia lunata, C. pallescens, C. trifolii, Fusarium verticillioides, F. moniliforme, F. oxysporum, Penicillium digitatum, Alternaria dianthi, Trichophyton longifusus and Colletotrichum falcatum)[23,77,189,191,192]
Insecticidal (Odontotermes obesus)[37,193,194]
Insect repellent[194,195]
Mosquitocidal (Aedes aegypti and Anopheles quadrimaculatus)[194]
Phytotoxic (Avena fatua, Echinochloa crus-galli, Allium cepa and Phalaris minor)[189]
C. longa leaf EOCytotoxic (in vitro, Hs578T and PC-3 cells)[94]
Antifungal and antiaflatoxigenic[89,94,194]
C. zedoaria rhizome EOAntioxidant (in vitro, DPPH assay)[7,23,111,196,197]
Cytotoxic (in vitro, SiHa, SNU-1, HepG2, AGS, B16BL6, SMMC-7721, SKOV3, H1299 and HL-60 cells)[7,110,114,198,199]
Antiangiogenic (in vitro and in vivo)[200]
Antitumor (in vivo, hepatoma-transplanted rats)[201,202,203]
Hypoglycemic (in vivo, streptozotocin-induced hyperglycemic Wistar rats)[204]
Anti-gingivitis (in vivo, streptozotocin-induced hyperglycemic Wistar rats)[14,204]
Antimicrobial (Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus, Salmonella typhimurium and Pseudomonas aeruginosa)[110]
Antifungal (Colletotrichum falcatum)[37]
Insecticidal (Odontotermes obesus)[37]
Larvicidal (Anopheles dirus, LC50= 29.69 ppm; Aedes aegypti, LC50= 31.87 ppm)[129]
C. aeruginosa rhizome EOAntiandrogenic (in vivo, patients with androgenic alopecia, 5% w/w)[30]
Hair regrowth stimulant (in vivo, bald males)[205]
Skin penetration enhancer (in vivo, androgenic alopecia patients)[30]
Axillary hair-growth suppressant (in vivo, randomized double-blinded trial, 1 and 5% w/w EO)[206]
Axillary skin-brightness enhancer (in vivo, randomized double-blinded trial, 1 and 5% w/w EO)[206]
Antibacterial (Enterococcus faecalis, MIC = 6.25 µg/mL; Streptococcus mutans, MIC= 15.63 µg/mL; Staphylococcus aureus, MIC= 125 µg/mL; Bacillus cereus, MIC = 125 µg/mL)[29,207]
Antifungal (Candida albicans, MIC= 250 µg/mL)[2]
Antioxidant (in vitro, DPPH assay, EC50 = 24.32 µg/mL)[29]
C. aromatica rhizome EOAnti-inflammatory (in vitro)[47,49]
Cytotoxic (in vitro, LNCaP, HepG2, NSCLC and B16 cells)[47,49,201,208,209]
Antiproliferative (in vitro, Hep-2 cells; in vivo, mouse model with hepatoma)[210]
Antitumor (in vivo, patients with primary liver cancer; rats with transplanted hepatoma; and mouse model)[211,212,213]
Chemoprotective and antifibrosis (in vivo, renal interstitial fibrosis rats, 100, 200 and 300 mg/kg BW, i.p.)[214,215]
Antioxidant (in vitro, DPPH assay, ABTS assay and β-carotene bleaching tests)[47,50,54,147]
Antiplatelet aggregation and antithrombotic (in vitro and in vivo)[216]
Antibacterial (Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, Bacillus subtilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella typhimurium, Escherichia coli)[47,54,217]
Antifungal (Candida albicans, Saccharomyces cerevisiae)[47]
Cardioprotective (in vivo, isoproterenol-induced acute myocardial ischemia rats)[218]
Insecticidal (Liposcelis bostrychophila)[56]
Antimosquito (Aedes aegypti)[52]
C. aromatica leaf EOAntifungal (Colletotrichum falcatum)[37]
Insecticidal (Odontotermes obesus)[37]
C. phaeocaulis rhizome EOAntimicrobial (Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus)[100,219]
Antifungal (Candida albicans; Saccharomyces cerevisiae)[100,219]
Antioxidant (in vitro, DPPH assay, IC50 = 2.17–22.36 µg/mL)[100]
Anti-inflammatory (in vivo, TPA-induced skin inflammation model)[100]
Cytotoxic (in vitro, LNCaP and B16 cells, IC50 = 20.36–79.44 µg/mL)[100]
C. zanthorrhiza rhizome EOAntiproliferative[220]
Anti-inflammatory (in vitro)[141,221]
Antibacterial (Staphylococcus aureus, ZOI = 11.53 ± 0.27 mm)[2,141,146]
Antifungal (Candida albicans, ZOI = 7.29 ± 0.17 mm)[2,141]
Analgesic (in vivo, mouse model)[222]
Antihyperlipidemic (in vivo, rats, 0.2% or 0.5%)[108]
Antiobesogenic (in vivo, obese rats)[108]
Hypoglycemic and hypotriglyceridemic (in vivo, diabetic rats)[223,224]
C. amada rhizome EOAnalgesic[157]
Cytotoxic (U-87MG, IC50 = 4.92 µg/mL; SJRH30, IC50 = 7.13 µg/mL); RD, IC50 = 7.50 µg/mL)[157,225,226]
Antitumor (human glioblastoma multiforme cells both in vitro and in nude mice xenografts)[227]
Antifungal (Physalospora tucumanensis, Sclerotium rolfsii, Helminthosporium sacchari, Cephalosporium sacchari)[157,228]
Hepatoprotective (in vivo, carbon tetrachloride-induced hepatotoxicity in male Wister rats)[156]
Antioxidant (in vitro, DPPH assay, FRAP assay and nitric oxide scavenging assay)[156,229]
Antibacterial (Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella paratyphi, Vibrio cholera, Enterobacter aerogenes, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus cereus, Proteus mirabilis, Proteus vulgaris, Serratia marcescens)[156,229]
Insect repellent and insecticidal (Musca domestica)[230]
C. mangga rhizome EOAntibacterial (Staphylococcus aureus, MIC= 1.2 µL/mL; Bacillus cereus, MIC= 11.1 µL/mL; P. aeruginosa, ZOI = 9.0 mm; E. coli, ZOI= 7.0 mm)[28]
Antifungal (Candida albicans, MIC= 3.7 µL/mL; Cryptococcus neoformans, MIC= 0.1 µL/mL)[28]
C. glans rhizome EOAntibacterial (Staphylococcus aureus, ZOI= 17.24 ± 0.07 mm)[2]
Antifungal (C. albicans, ZOI= 7.27 ± 0.17 mm)[2]
C. singularis rhizome EOAntibacterial (Bacillus subtillis, MIC= 100 µg/mL; E. coli, MIC= 200 µg/mL)[106]
C. alismatifolia rhizome EOAntioxidant (in vitro, DPPH and FRAP assays)[36]
C. angustifolia rhizome EOAntioxidant[45]
C. elata rhizome EOAntioxidant (in vitro, DPPH assay)[49]
Cytotoxic (in vitro, LNCaP, IC50 = 18.4 μg/mL; HepG2, IC50 = 167.75 μg/mL)[49]
Anti-inflammatory (in vivo, TPA-induced edema model)[49]
C. kwangsiensis rhizome EOCytotoxic (in vitro, LNCaP, B16 and HepG2)[49,63]
C. yunnanensis rhizome EOCytotoxic (in vitro, LNCaP, B16 and HepG2)[49]
C. nankunshanensis rhizome EOCytotoxic (in vitro, LNCaP, B16 and HepG2)[49]
Anti-inflammatory (in vivo, TPA-induced edema model)[49]
C. sichuanensis rhizome EOCytotoxic (in vitro, LNCaP, B16 and HepG2)[49]
Antioxidant (in vitro, DPPH assay, IC50= 4.52 μg/mL)[49,50]
Anti-inflammatory (in vivo, TPA-induced edema model)[49]
C. rubescens rhizome EOCytotoxic (in vitro, LNCaP, B16 and HepG2)[49]
Antioxidant (in vitro, DPPH assay, IC50 = 22.32 μg/mL)[49]
C. purpurascens rhizome EOCytotoxic (in vitro, HT-29, IC50 = 4.9 ± 0.4 μg/mL)[103]
Table 3. Biological activities of key components of Curcuma essential oils.
Table 3. Biological activities of key components of Curcuma essential oils.
CompoundBiological ActivityReference
ar-TurmeroneAntiplatelet Aggregation[174]
Cytotoxic and antiproliferative[220,245,246,247,248]
Insect repellent[120]
Skin-penetration enhancer[30]

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