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Biology of Essential Oils
What is Biology
the concepts of biology, especially those pertaining to the study of
aromatherapy: physicalism, vitalism and organicism. Plant Life. The
relation of essential oils to biological organisms.
Of Evolution, Populations and Taxonomy
introduction to biological evolution and the domaines of lif. Basic
concepts of taxonomy.
Purpose and Functions of Essential Oils in Nature.
oils perform vital functions in the primary and secondary metabolism of
plants. Because metabolic processes are very similar for all life forms
these very functions are also the basis of the therapeutic effectiveness
of essential oils in mammalian (including human) organisms. Understanding
what essential oils do in the plant and animal world is therefore a
primary clue for understanding and developing therapeutic applications for
aromatherapy. E. g. plant insect interaction mediated by essential oils
provides a model displaying clues with direct implication to plant human
communication. The effects of essential oils on human physiology include
their interaction with receptor sytems, especially but not limited to the
autonomic nervous system, to mitigate inflammation and to prevent tumor
Where Essential Oils are Found
the occurence of essential oils across the plant kingdom from early plant
organisms to gymnospermae and all the sub classes of angiospermae provides
insight about the evolutionary stage an essential oil represents.
Where the Energy Comes From
essential oil components are manufactured directly in the chloroplast,
connecting them directly to the energetic composition of visible light in
various environments, in part determining the variation of essential oil
composition in different geographical zones.
Natural is Different
primer on natural . Industries processing plant materials have done their
best to confuse the concepts of natural and synthetic. Despite terms like
nature identical and similar ploys, biological substances are different
from manmade ones in physical composition as well as in their effect in
A: The Eucaryotic Cell - An Overview.
There is apparently no literature dealing especially with the biology of essential oils as a whole. Over 100 citations of scientific studies are given which deal with various aspects of the theme.
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