One has to keep in mind that essential oils are composed of mixtures of naturally produced volatile compounds that have a range of different chemical properties. Applying them to food & beverage applications for the primary purpose of imparting smell & taste is relatively easy & safe. However, when using essential oils for their therapeutic or other beneficial effects, they should be treated with respect.
Toxicological impact of chemicals is proportional to concentration. Clove oil, has natural analgesic, antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can help relieve tooth pain and promote mouth health (livestrong.com). However, clove oil can be acutely toxic when ingested at high concentrations.
Considering that essential oils are very concentrated by nature, initial experimental dosages should be quite low. Using essential oil extracts or solutions requires higher dosages.
Can essential oils become water soluble?
If your application or processing conditions prevent you from using oil soluble material, we can convert the essential oils into water soluble versions.
What industries can potentially use essential oils?
The beer, beverage, confectionery, dairy, coffee & tea, vegan, pet/feed, chocolate, industrial, health/personal hygiene & meat/fish/sea food industries can all use essential oils in their applications.
How should essential oils be stored?
Essential oils are composed of a variety of organic molecules that have varied chemical properties. However, most of these chemicals generally can be affected by the same factors. Essential oils should be stored in sealed containers having no head space or flushed with an inert gas (nitrogen or argon), not be exposed to UV radiation & should be kept at cool temperatures. Certain types of trace quantities of metals & other contaminants can catalyse degradation reactions. It should also be noted that citrus oils are much more sensitive to oxidative reactions, due to the specific chemical make-up of these oils.
Can spice blends be replaced with essential oils?
The smell & taste profile (not including taste sensations, such as sweet, salty & umami) of dry spice blends can be matched in the form of an essential oil blend &/or natural flavour solution.