Plants of Mentha suaveolens Ehrh, collected in various regions of Morocco contain a high percentage of oxides such as piperitenone oxide (PEO), piperitone oxide (PO), terpenic alcohol and terpenic-5-ketones, all of which account for 65-90% of the total essential oil.
Essential oil of Mentha suaveolens (EOMS) was obtained from wild-type plants grown in Tarquinia forests (Rome, Italy) and extracted by 4-h hydro distillation of the leaves using a Clevenger-type apparatus as previously described (Angiolella et al.
In the first set of experiments, to assess the possible cytotoxic effects of Mentha suaveolens essential oil (EOMS) and its main component piperitenone oxide (PEO) on cell proliferation and viability, Vero cells were incubated with different concentrations (1-500 [micro]g/ml) of the compounds for 24 h and cell proliferation was measured by means of MTT assay.
In this paper we demonstrate the antiviral activity of Mentha suaveolens essential oil (EOMS) and its main component piperitenone oxide (PEO) against HSV-1 in vitro.
In vitro activity of Mentha suaveolens essential oil against Cryptococcus neoformans and dermatophytes.