Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oils

Essential Oils Toxicity and Conflicts

Author(s): Archana Shukla*, Angel Kushwaha, Suman Sanju, Priyanka Spring, Ashwani Kumar, Pragati Misra and Pradeep Kumar Shukla

Pp: 124-167 (44)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815136203124010009

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


The importance of medicinal plants in enhancing people's lives all around the world is undeniable. The primary metabolites of therapeutic plants are essential oils, which are widely used in a variety of businesses since their biological qualities were first identified in mythology. The biological effects of essential oils include insecticidal, antiviral, antibacterial, and antioxidant activities. These distinctive qualities raise their attraction and favourability in several international businesses. They are crucial as scent providers in the cosmetics business and have been employed as food preservatives in the food sector. Surprisingly, some components of essential oils are used in medicine since research has shown that some plant-based essential oils may be able to prevent, delay, or even reverse the growth of cancerous cells, the current focus is on investigating aromatherapy's potential in terms of Essential Oils biological qualities. This chapter's goal is to present a short and in-depth examination of Essential Oils’ cytotoxicity, activity, therapeutic and pharmacological potential, and common misunderstandings regarding these issues.

Keywords: Biological properties, Cytotoxicity, Dermal absorption, EO, Misconception, Pharmacological potential, Therapeutic, Treatogenicity

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