Pharmaceutical and therapeutic Potentials of essential oils and their individual volatile constituents: a review
Article first published online: 2 JAN 2007
Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 21, Issue 4, pages 308–323, April 2007
How to Cite
Edris, A. E. (2007), Pharmaceutical and therapeutic Potentials of essential oils and their individual volatile constituents: a review. Phytother. Res., 21: 308–323. doi: 10.1002/ptr.2072
- Issue published online: 22 MAR 2007
- Article first published online: 2 JAN 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 31 OCT 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 31 OCT 2006
- Manuscript Received: 6 DEC 2005
- essential oils;
- cardiovascular disease;
- penetration enhancer;
- massage therapy
Essential oils and their volatile constituents are used widely to prevent and treat human disease. The possible role and mode of action of these natural products is discussed with regard to the prevention and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular diseases including atherosclerosis and thrombosis, as well as their bioactivity as antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidants and antidiabetic agents. Their application as natural skin penetration enhancers for transdermal drug delivery and the therapeutic properties of essential oils in aroma and massage therapy will also be outlined. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.