Chemistry and Composition of Essential Oils

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Essential Oil Chemistry

Although the use of essential oils for therapeutic properties is a very old practice, the term aromatherapy wasn’t coined until the 1930’s by a French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse. The scientific study of these amazing oils had progressed some, but it wasn’t until recently as analysis techniques improved that a new understanding of these oils was obtained.

GC/MS and other analytical techniques lead the way in the field to identify adulterated or poor quality oils. With this baseline understanding of what the individual oils are composed of, new innovations can be had. Our lab is seeking out new understandings of essential oils by investing in new research and publications to help to continue to grow this exciting field of study.

As the science of this exciting field continues to change and grow we want to make sure we not only understand these shifts in comprehension, but we want to help be a part of this progress forward. The field is populated with many questions that have yet to be answered. Most of the focus we have in our lab is beginning to understand the science behind exactly what makes a genuine high quality oil.

By understanding more about the chemical structure of all constituents present in an oil we can then begin to link the properties (therapeutic benefits) of our products with the chemical functional groups of our constituents. By mapping these links a greater understanding of therapeutic efficacy can be reached and things like blending become more of a science merged with art. For example what are the benefits of Blue Tansy when compared to German Chamomile and what is the chemical differences that may provide a rational behind the therapeutic properties. By understanding the science behind our oils we also can preemptively choose better products for our consumers and educate our customers on new cutting edge studies that may help when navigating this highly complex market.

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