WHERE DOES THE INFORMATION COME FROM?

Below is a list of essential oil data sheets. This information has been obtained through my studies, experience and research. I have found that within the aromatherapy profession, essential oils have not gone through the medical research that modern drugs have today. Instead the information about essential oils has been handed down through local folklore from the part of the world that the plant has been grown, harvested and used medicinally.

Essential Oil Datasheets

WARNING

Essential oils are concentrated and powerful; be careful with their use! We cannot accept responsibility for misuse of essential oils by our readers. See our Legal Notice. In the UK, essential oils are not licensed as medicines and come with no warranty what so ever. Therefore no medicinal claims can be made in advertising literature or on bottle labels provided by any aromatherapy oil supplier. Nevertheless this does not prevent the authors, who are familiar with their subject, producing text books and data sheets about the many

wonderful uses and properties essential oils have.

Nowadays growers and importers of essential oils use

technology known as gas liquid chromatography to isolate an oil's chemical constituents. This test is often used as a test of an oil's quality. The complex relationships between these chemical constituents are at present unrehearsed as far as I know. However organic chemists and some well trained Aromatherapists have come to understand the therapeutic effects of oils containing particular chemical groups.

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Juniper        Teatree         Lavender       Sandalwood       Petitgrain


Peppermint    Ginger           Chamomile Roman


Rose           Geranium          Frankincense        Black Pepper       Ravensara

Where does most of the essential oil safety data come from?

The fragrance industry has developed the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM,

pronounced "RIFF-um") in 1996 to conduct research on fragrance ingredients (including essential oils) in order to ensure the safety of perfumery materials. According to Glenn Roberts, a spokesperson for RIFM, fragrance ingredients undergo a multistep testing process. "We are committed to developing safe products," Roberts says. RIFM tests raw perfumery materials that are selected by an

independent expert panel made up largely of academics, Roberts says. The ingredients are most commonly tested for allergenicity, photo toxicity, and general toxicity by oral and dermal routes. Some of the tests are conducted on animals while others, such as skin patch tests, are conducted on humans. To date, RIFM has tested more than 1,300 fragrance materials, and publishes test results in scientific journals such as Food and Chemical Toxicology, says Roberts.