Introduction to the Essential Oil Bioactivity Research Database

When studying the bioactivity of essential oils, whether it be for aromatherapy, cosmetic or medical applications, it is important to have an evidence-based approach. This can only be gained from published scientific research.

It is often thought that there is little research to substantiate therapeutic claims, but this is not true. There are a few public domain web sites where some papers may be found, but the majority of research is not available at these locations. Moreover, looking for such research is very time-consuming.

The Essential Oil Bioactivity Research Database was started 20 years ago by spending many hours at national libraries looking for information. Today, we have access to the major scientific databases of the world that are not available to the general public.

The Essential Oil Bioactivity Research Database is composed of published, peer reviewed research papers that investigate the bioactivity of essential oils and related products, such as hydrolats and CO2 extracts. There are over 5000 bibliographic references and abstracts sourced from more than 980 scientific journals worldwide. New references are added monthly.

This unique database is an invaluable resource for understanding the bioactivity of essential oils. We have on file the full papers of all the references included in the database. Should anything need clarification just contact us.


Introduction to the Essential Oil Chemical Component Database

A recent addition to the website, this evolving database contains details of the chemical components that are found in essential oils. Each entry consists of: common or trivial name, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) reference number, chemical formula, formula weight, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) name, synonym(s) and structural drawing. Each full entry can be downloaded as a PDF or just the structural drawing alone as a jpeg.

This database may be searched as a separate entity, but it can also be directly accessed from within the Bioactivity Research Database. The common names of the components in this database act as hyperlinks to their entries in the Component Database, which then appear in a pop-up window.

If you are interested in a component that has not yet been listed, then just send us a request and it will be added as soon as possible.



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