Essential Oils Production, Applications and Health Benefits

Anaberta Cardador Martínez, Víctor M. Rodríguez García (Editors)
Series: Biochemistry Research Trends
BISAC: SCI007000




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This book provides an overview of essential oils in its first section, describing the main genera of plants used for essential oil production and explaining their genetic polymorphisms that might have an impact on the biosynthesis of these phytochemicals. Also, this book reviews the most relevant background on traditional and emerging extractive technologies, as well as the effect of post-harvest management practices for optimum extraction.

In the second section of the book, the main applications of essential oils are described, related to their biological activities such as antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also explains how these properties can be applied in the cosmetics, food, medicinal and agronomical fields. Specific applications of essential oils related to the skin, digestive, immune, respiratory and nervous systems, including some examples of essential oils and their applications are analyzed as well.


Chapter 1. Genetic Polymorphism and Their Effect on the Production of Essential Oils
(Rodríguez-García, Víctor Manuel, PhD, Regional Department of Bioengineering, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Queretaro, Mexico)

Chapter 2. Main Extraction Methods and Emerging Technologies for Essential Oils Extraction
(Maritza Alonzo-Macías, Victor Olvera-García and Carmen Téllez-Pérez, Escuela de Bioingenierías, Escuela Nacional de Ingeniería y Ciencias, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro, Querétaro, México)

Chapter 3. Biological Activities of Essential Oils
(Anaberta Cardador Martínez, Escuela de Ingeniería y Ciencias, Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus Querétaro, Querétaro, México)

Chapter 4. Essential Oils in Medicine
(Aguilar-Uscanga Blanca Rosa, Solis Pacheco Josué Raymundo and Natalia Areiza Mazo, Department of Pharmacobiology, Centro Universitario de Ciencias Exactas e Ingenierías, Universidad de Guadalajara, Jalisco, México, and others)

Chapter 5. Essential Oils in Cosmetics
(Solis Pacheco Josué Raymundo and Aguilar-Uscanga Blanca Rosa, Department of Pharmacobiology, Centro Universitario de Ciencias Exactas e Ingenierías, Universidad de Guadalajara, Jalisco, México)

Chapter 6. Herbal Pharmacology: The Gastrointestinal System
(Yazmín K. Márquez-Flores, PhD, and Leticia Garduño-Siciliano, PhD, Departamento de Farmacia, Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico)

Chapter 7. Essential Oils from Medicinal Plants: A Review of Skin Disease Treatments
(Patricia Manzano Santana, PhD, Andrea Orellana-Manzano, PhD, Gustavo Giusiano, PhD, María José Vizcaíno, ESPOL Polytechnic University, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, ESPOL, Facultad de Ciencias de la Vida (FCV), Campus Gustavo Galindo. Guayaquil, Ecuador, and others)

Chapter 8. The Antimicrobial Effect of Oregano Essential Oil and Its Phenolic and Terpenic Fractions in the Reduction of Salmonella spp in Avocados, Tomatoes and Lemons
(Mirna Estarrón Espinosa and Jorge Alberto García Fajardo Gustavo Adolfo Castillo Herrera, Tecnología Alimentaria, Centro de Investigación y Asistencia en Tecnológica y Diseño del Estado de Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México)

Chapter 9. Antioxidant Activity of Cymbopogon Essential Oil Treated with Instant Controlled Pressure Drop
(Maritza Alonzo-Macías and Anaberta Cardador-Martínez, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Escuela de Ingeniería y Ciencias, , Querétaro, México)

Chapter 10. Cardamom: Extraction, Chemical Composition and Biological Activities
(Maritza Alonzo-Macías, M Anaberta Cardador-Martínez and Cristian Jiménez-Martínez, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Queretaro, Escuela de Ingenieria y Ciencias, Queretaro, Mexico, and others)

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