The active ingredients of peppermint in honey

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

1. Summary

Apiarists let prepare by bees honey products containing medicinal drugs. Our aim was to prove that the active ingredients originated from the herbs are also present in the honey products. To fulfill that task we developed a method analyzing the volatile components of the syrup and honey prepared using the leaves of peppermint (Mentha x piperita). That method involves a sample preparation by SPME followed by GC and GC-MS analysis. The analyses and the data evaluations proved that the volatile components of the herb containing syrups were transferred to honeys by bees. As the characteristic components of certain herbs could be identified also  in the honey product it is obvious that the components responsible for the medicinal effects (if they are not identical with the volatile components) are also transferred to honey.

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Anton Paar