The genus Skimmia (Rutaceae) is recognized due to its wide array of biological activities
viz anti-inflammatory, ovicidal, antifeedant, antioxidant, antibacterial, antihelminthic, antifungal,
antinociceptive and antipyretic activity. Its essential oil and chemical constituents have been isolated
and characterized by several analytical methods. Most of the plants of this genus are rich sources of
linalool and linalyl acetate. Alkaloids and coumarins are the main constituents of this genus. Besides, the
plant also contains chromones, flavonoids, terpenoids and fatty esters. The present communication is
an attempt to emphasize the therapeutic importance of the genus Skimmia.