Chemical Report on Wild Growing Mentha arvensis and Citrullus colocynthus from Oman

Jamal Nasser Al-Sabahi, Muhammad Asif Hanif*, Ahmed Yahya Al-Maskari, Muna Said Mohamed Al Busaidi, Masoud Yahya Al-Maskari, Mansour Hamed Al-Haddabi

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Abstract: Mentha arvensis and Citrullus colocynthus are important medicinal plants for Arab people as herbal remedy. The present study was designed to evaluate the components present in wild growing Mentha arvensis and Citrullus colocynthus using various advanced analytical techniques. After wet digestion plants samples were analyzed for metal contents using flame photometric and inductively coupled plasma (ICP) analyses. Volatile compounds present in essential oil of Mentha arvensis were determined using Gas chromatographic coupled with Mass spectrometry. Fatty acid composition of Citrullus colocynthus was determined using Gas chromatograph equipped with flame ionization detector (FID). Linoleic acid was found as a major component of Citrullus colocynthus seed oil. Phenolics and flavonoids present in Mentha arvensis and Citrullus colocynthus were detected using High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). HPLC analysis of Citrullus colocynthus seed oil confirms the presence of anti-diabetic and cholesterol lowering compounds in it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)719-726
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Essential Oil-Bearing Plants
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2 2016


  • Anti-diabetic
  • Citrullus colocynthus
  • Linoleic acid
  • Mentha arvensis
  • anticholesterol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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