Flash Point: 180°F/82.2°C
Odor: Smoky, woodsy
Cas#: 90 - 05 - 1
Molecular Formula: C7H8O2
Local Anesthetic: Causes absence of pain sensation
Expectorant: Aids in the clearance of mucus from the upper and lower airways
Antiseptic: Stops or slows down the growth of microorganisms
Guaiacol is a naturally occurring compound present in wood smoke, resulting from the pyrolysis of lignin. The compound contributes to the robust flavor of roasted coffee and whiskey.
Guaiacol is a phenolic product first isolated from Guaiac resin, a substance produced from the tree species Guaiacum, and the oxidation of lignin. It is an aromatic oil with a yellow tint that is now commonly derived from wood creosote or Guaiacum.
Guaiacol is a precursor to a variety of food flavors, such as eugenol (found in clove oil, nutmeg, cinnamon, basil, and bay leaf) and vanillin. Over 80% of the global supply of vanillin is estimated to come from guaiacol.
Medicinally, guaiacol is used as an expectorant, antiseptic, local anesthetic, and is even used in traditional dental pulp sedation.
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