OLGA NICULESCU, LUMINITA ALBU, MARIA CARMEN LOGHIN, CARMEN GAIDAU, LUCRETIA MIU, GHEORGHE COARA SELECTION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF SOME ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE TREATMENT OF MEDICAL FURS
It is now increasingly accepted that medicinal plants can be successfully used to treat certain conditions. There are a large number of people with rheumatic, joint and muscular disorders, and it is necessary to improve the treatment of patients suffering from these conditions by alternative methods. For these diseases, phytotherapy recommends plant species with analgesic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory effects, etc. The paper refers to obtaining and their characterization by physico-chemical analyses new products based on natural oils (cajeput and mint essential oils), ethyl alcohol, non-ionogenic surfactants from the category of polyethoxylated fatty alcohols and polyethylene glycols and water, for the treatment of medical furs. Cajeput and mint essential oils used to obtain new products was analysed using GC-MS and spectral analyses. The composition of cajeput essential oil analyzed by GC-MS indicates the presence of the following major compounds: Eucalyptol -57.02%, alpha-linalool -2.93%, alpha-pinene–2.77%. The composition of mint essential oil analyzed by GC-MS indicates the presence of the following major compounds: Menthol -40.04%, L-menthone -23.78%, I-Menthone -14.51%. The furs will be used to make natural fur articles for medical purposes (lumbar belts, ankle guards, bootees etc.) to relieve rheumatic and muscular pain of the affected target areas, keeping the area warm and potentiating the medical treatment of the patients who suffer from these conditions.
Keywords: cajeput essential oil, mint essential oil, FT-IR spectrometry, Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS), furs for medical use