Eucalyptol is a natural organic compound that is a colorless liquid. It is a cyclic ether and a monoterpenoid.
Eucalyptol is also known by a variety of synonyms: 1,8-cineol, 1,8-cineole, cajeputol, 1,8-epoxy-p-menthane, 1,8-oxido-p-menthane, eucalyptol, eucalyptole, 1,3,3-trimethyl-2-oxabicyclo[2.2.2]octane, cineol, cineole.
In 1870, F. S. Cloez identified and ascribed the name eucalyptol to the dominant portion of Eucalyptus globulus oil.
Functions and Applications
1.Flavoring and fragrance
Because of its pleasant spicy aroma and taste, eucalyptol is used in flavorings, fragrances, and cosmetics. Cineole-based eucalyptus oil is used as a flavouring at low levels (0.002%) in various products, including baking food, confectionery, meat products and beverages,candy,gum confection,toothpast.
Eucalyptol is an ingredient in many brands of mouthwash and cough syrup, as well as an inactive ingredient in body powder.
3.Insecticide and repellent
Eucalyptol is used as an Insecticide and repellent.