S. Balasubramanian*1, D. Ganesh2, Kiran K S2, Prakash K J M2, Surya Narayana VVS3
1 Department of Biochemistry, Reva University, Bangalore, India.
2 Department of Applied Genetics& Department of Biochemistry, Indian Academy Centre for Research &
Post Graduate Studies, Bangalore, India.
3Department of Molecular Virology, IVRI, Bangalore, India.
Mentha arvensis, locally called “Corn Mint or Menthol Mint” belongs to the family Lamiaceae. “Corn Mint” is a medicinal herb traditionally used in treatment of digestive, jaundice, diarrhea, Asthma, bronchitis and skin diseases. The present study was carried out to identify the phytocomponents present in the methanolic extract of the leaves of Mentha arvensis by GC-MS analysis to ascertain it’s usage by the local community as ‘a plant possessing medicinal properties’. From the GC-MS results four compounds were identified as major constituents, they are Carvone, 6-Methylsalicylaldehyde, 2-(2-Hydroxy-2-Phenylethyl)-3, 5, 6-Trimethyl pyrazine and Phytol.
Keywords: GC-MS, Mentha arvensis, Methanolic components, Phytocomponents