CAS: 13877-91-3
FEMA No: 3539

Ocimene Molecule

Ocimene is a monoterpene with a fruity, floral, some say wet cloth smell. Ocimene has exhibited anti-inflammatory effects in white blood cell through a variety of pathways. Antifungal effects are also seen with the human specific Candida species. And very interestingly ocimene showed specificity and effectiveness against SARS virus.



Ho Leaf, Hops, Kumquat, Mango, Mint, Neroli, Bigarde, Parsley, Pepper, Petitgrain, Bergamot, Lavender


Citrus, Green, Tropical, Woody

Flavor Profile

Floral, Vegetable, Woody


Anti-inflammatory, Antifungal, Antiviral



The effects of ocimene on nitric oxide (NO) and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) production in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-activated RAW 264.7 macrophages was studied. The results indicate that the ocimene is an effective anti-inflammatory by acting as an inhibitor of LPS-induced NO and PGE2 production. Additionally, ocimene was shown to suppress the production of inflammatory cytokines including interleukin (IL)-1beta, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha, and IL-6.


Ocimene has been shown to be toxic to against Candida albicans. This effect was seen with Ferulago carduchorum essential oil. At 2340 ug/mL a minimum inhibitory concentration was reached.


The essential oil of Laurus nobilis was evaluated on the SARS virus. Ocimene was noted to be a major constituent of the oil. The oil demonstrated a selectivity index of 4.16.


Synergistic effects with…

Other Terpenes

Anti-inflammatory: Nootkatone


Common strains high in Ocimene

Arjan’s haze #3 1.61
Himalayan gold 0.35



  • Formula: C10H16
  • Molecular Mass: 136.23 g/mol
  • Relative Density: .818 g/cm3 at 20 C
  • Boiling Point: 65 - 66 C
  • Flash Point: 61.67 C


Ocimene is also know by these other names

  • 3338-55-4 [RN]
  • 222-081-3 [EINECS]
  • 237-641-2 [EINECS]
  • 1736172 [BEILSTEIN]
  • 3,7-Dimethylocta-1,3,6-triene
  • 3,7-Dimethyl-1,3,6-octatriene [ACD/IUPAC Name]
  • 1,3,6-Octatriene, 3,7-dimethyl- [ACD/Index Name]


Storage: Store in cool, dry place in tightly sealed containers, protected from heat and light


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