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Essential Oil Details

Essential Name
: Centaurea calcitrapa essential oil
Plant Name
: Star Thistle Honey
Plant Variety Name
: NA
Plant Tissue Name
: Aerial part


Centaurea species produce a very fine mild flavored honey. It has a light, transparent and a thick viscous appearance with a distinct aroma of anise (some say almonds), slightly sharp or pungent with notes of sweet, spicy cinnamon, molasses and prune. It has a mild flavor of anise, low sweetness and hints of cinnamon flavor, slightly waxy, metallic flavor and sweet persistent aftertaste.

Biological Activity Details

Serial No.Biological Activity Name


1. Brophy, Joseph J., Robert J. Goldsack, and Paul I. Forster. "The Essential Oils of Some Australian Cassytha Species (Lauraceae)." Journal of Essential Oil Research 21.6 (2009): 543-546.

2. Yayli, Nurettin, et al. "Composition and antimicrobial activity of essential oils from Centaurea sessilis and Centaurea armena." Phytochemistry 66.14 (2005): 1741-1745.

Major Compound Details

Serial No.Compound Name Compound Percentage(%)
1Beta-Caryophyllene 5.30
2(E)-Beta-Farnesene 4.20
36,10,14-Trimethylpentadecan-2-one 4.70
4Heptanal Acid 4.20
52-phenyl ethanol 3.80

Minor Compound Details

Serial No.Compound Name Compound Percentage(%)
1Alpha-Cadinol 3.20
2Beta-Bisabolene 3.70
3Phenyl Acetaldehyde 3.70
4Caryophyllene Oxide 3.20
5Tricosane 3.80
6Delta-Cadinene 3.50
7(E)-beta-Damascenone 2.30
8Phytol 2.30
9Heneicosane 1.0
10A-Humulene 1.40
11Methyl Thymol 1.0
12Carvacrol 1.30
13Tetracosane 1.30
14Decanal 1.80
15Germacrene D 1.20
16(E)-Linalool Oxide (Furanoid) 0.20
17Hexanoic Acid 0.20
181-Epi-Cubenol 0.50
19Hexanol 0.20
20Linalool 0
21Benzaldehyde 0.60
22Nonanal 0.90
23Cadina-1,4-Diene 0.20

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