ingredient information
Eucalyptol
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Eucalyptol is a natural organic compound which is a colorless liquid. It is a cyclic ether and a monoterpenoid. Because of its pleasant spicy aroma and taste, eucalyptol is used in flavorings, fragrances, and cosmetics. It is also an ingredient in many brands of mouthwash and cough suppressant. Eucalyptol has been demonstrated to be capable of reducing inflammation and pain.[citation needed] It has also been found to be able to kill leukaemic cells in vitro.[3] Cineol was shown to be an effective treatment for nonpurulent rhinosinusitis in a placebo controlled trial.[4] 76 patients per treatment group were assigned to cineole or placebo. The dosage of the active ingredient was two 100 mg capsules of cineole three times daily. Symptom scores were significantly reduced in the cineole group. The mean values for the symptoms-sum-scores in the cineole group were 6.9 ± 2.9 after 4 days and 3.0 ± 2.8 after 7 days, and in the placebo group, 12.2 ± 2.5 after 4 days and 9.2 ± 3.0 after 7 days. Treated subjects experienced less headache on bending, frontal headache, sensitivity of pressure points of trigeminal nerve, impairment of general condition, nasal obstruction, and rhinological secretion. Side effects from treatment were minimal. In a 1994 report released by five top cigarette companies, eucalyptol was listed as one of the 599 additives to cigarettes. It is claimed that it is added to improve the flavor. It is one of many compounds that is attractive to males of various species of orchid bees, who apparently gather the chemical to synthesize pheromones; it is commonly used as bait to attract and collect these bees for study