Chemical composition, antioxidant and antibacterial activities of the essential oil of mentha spicata l. from Algeria
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Hydrodistilled essential oil of Mentha spicata L., cultivated at Ghardaïa (Algerian Septentrional Sahara), was analyzed by GC and GC/MS. 29 components representing 96.43% of the essential oil were detected with cis-carvone oxide (44.06%), 1,8-cineole (15.32%), cis-dihydrocarvone (8.85%) and limonene (5.80%) as the major components. Antioxidant activity was investigated using ?-carotene/linoleic acid, DPPH·, ABTS cation radical decolorization and Metal chelating assays. Antibacterial activity was performed according to disc diffusion and minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) methods.