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Molecules. 2010 Dec 15;15(12):9252-87. doi: 10.3390/molecules15129252.

Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of essential oils: a short review.

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Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade do Algarve, IBB, Centro de Biotecnologia Vegetal, Ed. 8, Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal. mgmiguel@ualg.pt

Abstract

Essential oils are complex mixtures isolated from aromatic plants which may possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of interest in thye food and cosmetic industries as well as in the human health field. In this work, a review was done on the most recent publications concerning their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. At the same time a survey of the methods generally used for the evaluation of antioxidant activity and some of the mechanisms involved in the anti-inflammatory activities of essential oils are also reported.

PMID:
21160452
DOI:
10.3390/molecules15129252
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