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PhytoChemia Acta

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About Canadian wintergreen

3 July 2018

By Benoit Roger, Ph. D. Always looking for a deeper knowledge of our surrounding plants, we recently distilled eastern teaberry or American wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) freshly harvested in our local boreal forest (Saguenay, QC, Canada). Leafs of wintergreen and beginning of the distillation   The crushed leaves of eastern teaberry has an odor that is […]

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Oil profiles: Ginger

7 December 2017

Benoit Roger, Ph. D., Alexis St-Gelais, Chemist Some aromatic plants are particularly associated with Christmas time. This week, we would like to talk about one of them which is used in mulled wine, in candied form and which even has given its name to a spiced bread we specially cook for Christmas: ginger (Zingiber officinale). […]

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Orange blossom water

29 August 2017

Benoit Roger, Ph. D. If you have the chance to visit Morocco or Tunisia during spring, get away from urban centers and follow your nose, it will probably lead you near one of the many plantations of bigarade orange or bitter orange spread in all Maghreb. From march to april, these little trees dress up […]

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Oil Profiles: Mandarin (Expressed)

20 June 2017

Alexis St-Gelais, M. Sc., chimiste Mandarin fruit (Citrus nobilis) essential oil is an aromatic delicacy. By experience, we observe that it regularly is either adulterated or confused with other citruses. Chemically, there are a few good keypoints to look for that will tell if a mandarin oil is genuine. We also provide an annotated typical […]

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Essential Oil Card – Bergamot

30 May 2017

Bergamot oil is cold pressed from peels of Citrus aurantium ssp. bergamia fruits. Main compounds found in bergamot are limonene, linalool and linalyl acetate. Common adulteration of this oil is made by adding synthetic linalool and/or synthetic linalyl acetate. This can be easily detected with GC-MS analysis. Cold pressed bergamot oil is known to be […]

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Oil Profiles: Frankincense, type serrata

18 April 2017

Alexis St-Gelais, M. Sc., chimiste Boswellia serrata grows in India, as opposed to most other commonly sold frankincense species which rather grow in the Horn of Africa and the southern Arabic peninsula. Frankincense serrata is not only segregated from a geographical point of view, but also differs from the other frankincenses chemically. This is reflected in […]

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Introducing plants from the boreal forest of Quebec, Canada – Card # 5 : Clintonia borealis (Ait.) Raf.

20 August 2015

Laurie Caron, Chemist, M.Sc. – Plant card Latin name: Clintonia borealis (Ait) Raf. Common names: Yellow Clintonia, snake poison, bluebead-lily. In the boreal forest of Quebec, Canada, it’s possible to find this very common plant. Clintonia borealis is a perennial herb of the lily family. The plant has small blue fruits located on a long […]

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Beyond THC – Cannabis sativa (L.) the plant

11 May 2015

Laurie Caron, Chemist, M.Sc. – Plant Card   Often, cannabis is associated with its recreational activity and its many adherents. In the past year, PhytoChemia has made a full review of literature on the properties of boreal resources for Agroboréal. This scientific review is available on the site web of this company in French version […]

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Introducing plants from the boreal forest of Quebec – Card # 4 : Gaultheria hispidula (L.) Mühl.

9 January 2015

Laurie Caron, chemist, M.Sc. – Plant card Latin name: Gaultheria hispidula (L.) Mühl. and its former name is Chiogenes hispidula (L.) T. & G. Common Names: Small tea, small tea woods, wintergreen insipid, tasteless chiogène, Snowberry.  Qualified as a small creeping shrub of the heath family, this plant has long spindly branches and small oval […]

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Introducing plants from the boreal forest of Quebec – Card # 3 : Coptis trifolia (L.)

29 September 2014

Laurie Caron – Plant card Figure 1 : Plant representation. Latin name: Coptis trifolia (L.) and its former name is Coptis groenlandica (Oeder) Fern. Common Names: Goldthread Greenland, Sabouillane, Sibouillane, Gold-thread.  Small herbaceous perennial with rhizomes slender, wiry and yellow gold (Figure 1). The leaves of this plant are basal, long-stalked, glossy superiorly (Figure 2)1. […]

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