Bioactivities and compositional analyses of Cinnamomum essential oils from Nepal: C. camphora, C. tamala, and C. glaucescens

Nat Prod Commun. 2013 Dec;8(12):1777-84.


This work examines the biological activity of essential oils of Cinnamomum camphora leaves, C. glaucescens fruit, and C. tamala root from Nepal. The oils were screened for phytotoxic activity against lettuce and perennial ryegrass, brine shrimp lethality, and antibacterial, antifungal, cytotoxic, insecticidal, and nematicidal activities. C. camphora leaf essential oil was phytotoxic to lettuce, antifungal to Aspergillus niger, and insecticidal, particularly toward midge and butterfly larvae, fruit flies, and fire ants. C. camphora oil was also toxic to brine shrimp and human breast tumor cells. C. glaucescens fruit essential oil showed notable nematicidal activity, as well as termiticidal and mosquito larvicidal activity. The root essential oil of C. tamala was toxic to mosquito larvae and fire ants.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Infective Agents / analysis*
  • Artemia
  • Caenorhabditis elegans
  • Cinnamomum camphora / chemistry*
  • Herbicides / analysis*
  • Insecta
  • Insecticides / analysis*
  • Larva
  • Nepal
  • Oils, Volatile / chemistry*
  • Plants, Medicinal / chemistry
  • Toxicity Tests


  • Anti-Infective Agents
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides
  • Oils, Volatile