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Published online 2017 Jan 16.
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Aromatic and medicinal plants produce essential oils in the form of secondary metabolites. These essential oils can be used in diverse applications in food, perfume, and cosmetic industries.
Various properties of essential oils offer the possibility of using natural, safe, eco-friendly, cost-effective, renewable, and easily biodegradable antimicrobials for food commodity preservation in the near future.
Since ancient times, commercial antimicrobial agents have been applied as a way to manage food deterioration or contamination. Nowadays, user concerns toward synthetic preservatives have resulted in increasing attention on various natural antimicrobials such as essential oils.
Here's another 4 great points from the article
Essential oils have pronounced antimicrobial and food preservative properties
We conclude from this review that essential oils are potential sources of biocontrol products that should be further explored due to their potential to protect food commodities.
Many essential oils and their active constituents are active against bacteria and fungi
There are innumerable potential uses of essential oils and more research is needed to meet the needs of a food industry shifting toward the use of green technology.
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This link will take you away from my blog page: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5238431/