Methyl Chavicol is produced by oil, distilled from the herbs of flavoring plants of Basil (Ocimum basilicum-family labiatae), It is used for food flavoring as well as in perfumery. It is also the main raw material to manufacture Anethole.
Ocimum basilicum alone is cultivated in India on commercial scale. Methyl Chavicol is produced by fractionally distilling Basil Essential Oil. This liquid product has applications in predominantly food flavorings and perfumery.
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USES :-IN FOOD, FLAVOUR, COSMETIC, PHARMACEUTICALS, TOBACCO AND PERFUME INDUSRTIES.
Physico Chemical Properties
Specification Limit Mol. Weight 148.20 Formula C10H12O Other Name Chavicol methyl ether , p-allylanisole , p-Methoxyallylbenzene , Estragole Boiling Point 215-216 CAS NO. 140-67-0 Flash point 81 C Physical Appearance Colourless, clear Liquid Odour/Flavour Reminiscent to estragon, with a slightly spicy Assay by GLC Not less than 99% Specific Gravity 0.950 to 0.970 Refractive Index 1.510 to 1.520 Optical Rotation -1 TO +1 Acidity/Alkalinity Neutral to Litmus Storage Keep in cool place