Essential Oils: Contact Allergy and Chemical Composition

1st Edition

Anton C. de Groot, Erich Schmidt

CRC Press
Published May 23, 2016
Reference - 1058 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781482246407 - CAT# K23588

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Essential Oils: Contact Allergy and Chemical Composition provides a full review of contact allergy to essential oils along with detailed analyses of the chemical composition of essential oils known to cause contact allergy. In addition to literature data, this book presents the results of nearly 6,400 previously unpublished sample analyses, by far the largest set of essential oils analyses ever reported in a single source of scientific literature.

Covering 91 essential oils and two absolutes, the book presents an alphabetical list of all 4,350 ingredients that have been identified in them, a list of chemicals known to cause contact allergy and allergic contact dermatitis, and tabular indications of the ingredients that can be found in each essential oil.

The book discusses contact allergy and allergic contact dermatitis for each of the oils and absolutes, sometimes able to provide only one or two reports but drawing upon considerable amounts of literature in other cases, such as with tea tree oil, ylang-ylang oil, lavender oil, rose oil, turpentine oil, jasmine absolute, and sandalwood oil.

While limited information on the main components and their concentrations would be enough for most dermatologists, this book gives extensive coverage not only to improve levels of medical knowledge and quality of patient care, but also for the benefit of professionals beyond clinical study and practice, such as chemists in the perfume and cosmetics industries, perfumers, academic scientists working with essential oils and fragrances, aromatherapists, legislators, and those involved in the production, sale, and acquisition of essential oils.

Key Features:

  • Provides a full literature review of contact allergy to and chemical composition of 91 essential oils and two absolutes
  • Presents the largest set of analytical reports on essential oils in scientific literature to date
  • Provides tables of all chemicals which can be found in each essential oil with concentrations
  • Presents an alphabetical list of 4,350 ingredients identified in the oils and absolutes with their synonyms and specifying in which oils each chemical can be present
  • Provides a tabular list of all known allergens to the oils discussed
  • Includes reference tables on the quantitative composition of essential oils that are of regulatory use to the fragrance industry
  • Covers an extensive amount of information to benefit non-medical professionals involved with the research, production, distribution, and use of essential oils and products containing essential oils


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