Essential Oil Safety - ISBN13 9780443062414
Essential Oil Safety provides a rational basis for an analysis of hazards and risks based on current scientific understanding of their biological actions. The 600 newly structured and extended Profiles (either of essential oils or constituents) provide the only comprehensive, evidence-based guidance currently in publication to safe formulations and use of an encyclopaedic range of essential oils.
The second edition of this book is virtually a new book. It is the only comprehensive text on the safety of essential oils and the first review of essential oil/drug interactions and provides detailed essential oil constituent data not found in any other text. Much of the existing text has been re-written, and 80 per cent of the text is completely new. There are 400 comprehensive essential oil profiles and almost 4000 references. There are new chapters on the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system, the urinary system, the digestive system and the nervous system. For each essential oil there is a full breakdown of constituents, and a clear categorization of hazards and risks, with recommended maximum doses and concentrations. There are also 206 Constituent Profiles. There is considerable discussion of carcinogens, the human relevance of some of the animal data, the validity of treating an essential oil as if it was a single chemical, and the arbitrary nature of uncertainty factors. There is a critique of current regulations.
New Directions Note: This book is an essential go-to reference point for those interested in the aroma chemistry of essential oils. While there is some controversy over how safety of essential oils are regulated (discussed in the book), the information given in this book is both sensible and balanced. If you are looking to sell cosmetic products into the EU this will be of great help and if you are wanting to work out which aromatic components of the essential oil do which job then again, this book is amazing! Just do keep in mind that the breakdown of essential oils shown in this book is indicative and not absolute. Essential oil aromachemistry is changeable as it is influenced by growing conditions, extraction method and oil storage.
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