Food

Food

Essential oils such as garlic, thyme, rosemary, oregano, and basil are effective in controlling bacterial growth on food products . Many essential oils like Lavender oil and Lime oil are known to control fungal infections in food.

Nowadays, essential oils are used in pharmaceutical, sanitary, cosmetics, agriculture and food industry because of the biological activity, notably antibacterial, anti fungal and antioxidant properties. The use of essential oils fills the need for more natural preservatives to extend shelf life and maintain the safety of foods.

Essential oils are the concentrated essences of the natural oils found in plants. When processed in a particular way, they are safe to use in cooking, much like you may use vanilla or almond extract.

Because of their natural origin and of their widely described potential beneficial properties, essential oils can find several applications in the field of food processing. The use of natural compounds for food applications has attracted more attention in the last years due to the perception of people about synthetic food additives. Among the beneficial properties of essential oils, their antimicrobial activity can be considered one of the main factors driving their application in foods.