Sugandha Kokila Essential oil

Cinnamomum cecidodaphne

Cinnamomum cecidodaphne

Sugandha Kokila is also known as Malagedi, Telkaulo etc. It is a medium sized tree whichcan reach15 – 20 meter in height. It is found in the central and western districts of Nepal rangingfrom 1000 to 2500 meter in altitude. The useful part as Sugandha Kokila is its fruit (Berry)which is black in color with a spherical shape. The essential oil is very useful for the fragrance used in cosmetic products such assoap and in perfumes. Sugandha  Kokila has several medicinal uses such as anti-inflamatory, carminative, against cold, stomach ache, or toothache. It is harvested in June-Aug.

Common Name: Sugandha Kokila

Botanical Name: Cinnamomum cecidodaphne

Botanical Family: Lauraceae

Cultivation: wild crafted

Extraction method: Steam Distillation

Plants part: Dried fruit

Yield: 0.9-3%

Local Name: Sugandha Kokila


Aroma: Camphoraceous, exotic, fruity

Notes: Middle

Color: Pale yellow

Appearance: Mobile liquid


Specific Gravity: 0.9391 at 250C
Refractive Index: 1.493 at 250C
Optical Rotation: (-) 8.305 at 250C
Acid Value: 2.4
Ester Value: 62.2
Ester Value after Acetylating:131.7
Flash Point: 550 C
Solubility: Insoluble in water

Chemical Family: Esters, Monoterpenes, Oxides

Therapeutic Properties:

Analgesic, antimicrobial, expectorant, antidepressant, antifungal.


1,8-cineole ,methyl cinnamate ,α-terpineol and many mono- and sesquiterpene hydrocarbons


Traditional uses:

  • Medicine: Paste of the seeds is applied to treat muscular swellings.
  • Others: Seeds are exported from Nepal for medicinal uses.

Aromatherapeutic uses:

  • Circulation, muscles and joints: Arthritis, joint and muscular pain, neuralgia, rheumatism, sprain.
  • Digestive system: Appetizer, dyspepsia, colic, indigestion.
  • Nervous system: Headache, insomnia, nervous tension and stress related complaints.

Other uses:

  • Used as fragrance component in soaps, detergents, cosmetics and perfumes, tooth pastes and industrial fragrances.
  • It is used to relief pain.
  • It is used as headache blend inhaler associated with flu.
  • Used in sports related massage for reducing pain and inflammation in the muscles and joints while increasing circulation.