Journal article

Volatile chemical emissions from essential oils with therapeutic claims

Neda Nematollahi, Justine Lew Weinberg, Jennifer Flattery, Nigel Goodman, Spas D Kolev, Anne Steinemann

Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health | SPRINGER | Published : 2020


Essential oils emit many volatile organic compounds (VOCs), with some considered potentially hazardous. However, little is known about specific emissions from essential oils that make therapeutic claims for health and well-being. This study investigated VOCs emitted from 14 commercially available essential oils with therapeutic claims, such as beneficial for coughs, colds, flus, relaxation, sleep, tension, headaches, stress, or skin irritation. The essential oils were selected from different brands and types, such as tea tree oil, lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, geranium oil, peppermint oil, bergamot oil, orange oil, and oil blends. Analyses were performed using headspace gas chromatography/ma..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the supporters of this study: the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub, funded by the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program; and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Land and Water. We also thank the anonymous reviewers of this paper.