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August 22, 2018
Shelf Life of Essential Oils

Shelf Life of Essential Oils

The shelf life of essential oils affects the properties and usability of oils. The shelf life of each bottle of essential oil may be different because a large number of factors affect the shelf life. Read on further to learn about what factors affect the shelf life and how to improve it. Do Essential Oils Expire? Essential oils do not expire in the traditional sense, which means they do not turn rancid. However; they degrade their aroma quality and lose their therapeutic values over a period of time and may […]
August 11, 2018
Essential Oil Regulations and Handling

Essential Oil Regulations and Handling

Essential oils are comprised of hundreds of natural chemical compounds and are widely used in industries such as pharmaceuticals, flavoring, fragrance, and aromatherapy because of their characteristics and properties. Considering the emphasis on safety for chemical uses, essential oils are regulated across the nations. It is advisable to have knowledge and compliances with regards to essential oils regulations and handling for hassle-free use and trade of essential oils. Essential Oil Regulations in the USA In the USA, essential oils are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) depending […]
May 13, 2018
Examples of Adulteration in Essential Oils

Examples of Adulteration in Essential Oils

In the previous articles, we discussed the basics of adulteration in essential oils and test to be performed to find out adulteration in essential oils. Continuing the series in adulteration of essential oils, here we are going to discuss examples of adulteration in essential oils. As you may understand from the above examples, popular essential oils are in some cases adulterated with cheap synthetics and chemicals in the market. These additions to the pure essential oils alter properties of the pure essential oils.
May 6, 2018
Check Adulteration in Essential Oils

How to Check Adulteration in Essential Oils

Adulteration of essential oils is very prevalent in the market. According to some estimates, more than 80% of the essential oils sold are adulterated in some ways. In the previous article, we discussed some of the common reasons and ways of adulterating essential oils. In this article, we will discuss some of the ways to check adulteration in essential oils. In earlier days, essential oils were usually adulterated with the addition of fatty oils. Such adulteration can easily be detected by placing a drop of essential oil on a filter […]
February 7, 2018
Essential Oils for Skin Care

Essential Oils for Skin Care

Apart from many great uses of essential oils, anti-allergic, anti-aging and skin care in general are quite popular ones! If you visit any neighbourhood drug store or beauty store, you shall find countless beauty products – creams, lotions and even oils that promise flawless and younger looking skin. While there is no shortcut to good health and skin, essential oils can help you in combating many skin ailments (including aging!). In the article, we will discuss essential oils for skin care.   Pure and high quality essential oils can deeply nourish […]
January 17, 2018
Adulteration of Essential Oils

A Primer on Adulteration of Essential Oils

Supply of natural essential oils is limited and the increasing demand for the natural essential oils for use in various industries has led many suppliers to adulterate the natural essential oil in order to increase the supply and lower the prices. It is not uncommon for some suppliers to sell their adulterated essential oils as pure essential oils in the market. These adulterated essential oils may smell like the pure essential oils but they do not have the same therapeutic properties and effect. In the article, we will discuss the […]
January 12, 2018
Essential Oils for Pain Relief

Essential Oils for Pain Relief

Pain is an unavoidable fact of life. It gets in our way of living and hampers our daily routine. We rely on the counter painkillers as a means for quick relief. But are these painkilling tablets really safe to use? Well, NO! A better alternative is turning to natural remedies in the form of essential oils. Read on to know about essential oils for pain relief.   Over the Counter (OTC) painkillers can have side effects that can worsen your health in the long run. In comparison, essential oils can […]
December 27, 2017
Factors Affecting Quality of Essential Oils

Factors Affecting Quality of Essential Oils

There are no standards regarding the qualitative and quantitative composition of genuine essential oils. The composition of essential oil changes continuously during a plant’s life cycle, varies between different parts of the plant and even between different populations of identical species. In addition, a number of other factors such as climate, habitat, agricultural, environment and technology may affect the quality of essential oils. In the article, we will discuss the following factors in addition to chemotype. Chemotype Climate Soil Quality Amount of Water Insect Stress and Microorganism Type of Biomass […]
December 22, 2017
Chemistry of Essential Oils

Chemistry of Essential Oils

Essential oils are aromatic hydrophobic volatile liquid extracted from plants. They are known to have many properties and play protective and communicative mechanisms in the plant. But where from essential oils get their properties? What are their constituents that make them special? What is the chemistry of essential oils? Essential oils, like all organic compounds, are made up of hundreds of compounds. But there are particularly few major chemical components that are responsible for their characteristic properties. These can be categorized into two groups: In addition, essential oils may contain […]
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