Essentials are naturally occurring aromatic compounds, extracted from roots, stems, blossom, bark, seeds and other parts of plants. Essentials are the effective compounds from medicinal plants and plants for consumption. In addition to their distinct odor essentials have anti bacterial and antimycotic properties. Essentials can have a strong enjoyably odor. The tempting smell is especially important for the plants, since they become dusted by bees and other insects. Thereby the odors of essentials have an important role for successful dusting.
The application of essentials on the skin works affectively against bacterial and fungal infections. Essentials are absorbed immediately and support the regeneration and growth of healthy and resistant skin . May diseases of the human being are treated since millennia by traditionally known practice with essentials. There are reports describing, that already 4.500 years b.c. essentials were used by the Egyptians. Essentials were approved and applied for cosmetics, meditation, spiritually and used in daily life.
The application of essentials for the treatment of diseases known as “aromatherapy” is a rational therapy. The plant essentials become applied complentary with conventional medicine. There are a many reports about successful application of the aromatherapy . The essentials take effect either locally when applied on the skin or are transported by the circulation to the organs treated. The essentials in the blood are not detectable already after a few minutes [3, 4]. Chemically spoken, essentials are secondary plant compounds, consisting of volatile chemical compounds. They are lipophil but do not contain fatty lipid complexes or fatty acids as do oils from plants or animals  .
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