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Effects and Side-Effects of Essential Oils

  • H. Schilcher

Abstract

Essential oils are not only very complex composed but also chemically very heterogeneous. No wonder, that many different effects are known. Pharmacological and clinical tests and experience of the traditional medicine show that essential oils have the following effects on external application: hyperaemic, antiinflammatory, antiseptic, granulation stimulating, deodorizing, insecticide and repellent actions. On oral application the following effects are observed: expectorating, appetite stimulating, choleretic, cholekinetic, carminative, spasmolytic, antiinflammatory, antiseptic, diuretic, sedative and circulation stimulating. Many other effects are reported in the traditional medicine.

The main side-effects of essential oils are allergic reactions, some oils have phototoxic effects, only a few essential oils show necrotic, narcotic, nephrotoxic, hepatotoxic and cancerogenic actions. In many cases the side-effects are purely toxic effects caused by misuse of essential oils.

Keywords

Geranyl Acetate Anise Seed Spasmolytic Effect Caraway Seed Antiseptic Effect 
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