Did you know that all of the nature-made chemicals found in essential oils can be categorized in chemical families? These families are Monoterpenes, Monoterpenols, Sesquiterpenes, Sesquiterpenols, Esters, Oxides, Phenols, Aldehydes, Lactones, Ketones, Coumarins, and Ethers. The structure of the molecules of each chemical determines the family to which it belongs. The families may have certain, generalized, therapeutic property tendencies, and/or certain, generalized cautions.
An average oil may have around 100 chemicals. When we list those chemicals by family, we will usually see that the oil contains a higher percentage of one or two families. For example, an oil with 54% of monoterpenes would be considered monoterpene-rich, and its therapeutic properties would be consistent with those of the monoterpene family.
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