Essential Oils Primer 1, The Acaricidal Activity of Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used for remedies and ailments since the dawn of time! Their popularity for aromatherapy has recently increased, however, the full potential of essential oils remains unappreciated.

There has been an increase in the number of peer reviewed research articles that delineate the other benefits of essential oils. In this writing we’ll be focusing on the acaricidal activity of essential oils.

Before we delve in to some details it’s important to note that these benefits of essential oils exist for untampered essential oils. These benefits and claims do not apply to essential oils that are diluted with solvents such as alcohol, acetone, ammonia, and others. The solvents damage the shape of the natural chemicals contained in essential oils that are responsible for their activities, including their acaricidal activity.

Acaricides are pesticides that kill members of the arachnid subclass Acari, which includes ticks and mites. Acaricides are used both in medicine and agriculture, and may generally be seen as agents that kill parasites.

Essential oils kill ticks and fleas.

An essential oil is defined as a highly concentrated, aromatic oil of plant origin that is extracted by steam distillation, hydrodiffusion, or pressure. Essential oils are usually mixed with carrier oils, however, the Cologne.Dog™ deodorants contain a solution of 33% pure essential oils that are not diluted with any other oils. Meanwhile, the Cologne.Dog™ skin formula perfumes are diluted with vitamin oils for carrier oils.

A pilot study was initiated to determine the parasitic killing power of essential oils. The researchers found that a 2% essential oil solution was anti-microbial and anti-fungal, and up to 99% effective in killing parasites. The researchers also found that solvents had a severely diminished parasite killing activity potential.

The conclusion was that essential oils are an effective acaricidal agent. Their studies found that the primary constituents of essential oils responsible for their benefits are phenylpropanoids. These are a family of compounds synthesized by plants from the amino acid phenylalanine that deliver enumerated benefits including: antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, cytotoxic, biopesticide and anesthetic properties.

If you or your friend have a tick and mite problem and looking for a safe and all-natural solution to this problem, look no further than Cologne.Dog™ line of deodorants that contain 33% of the world’s highest quality undiluted cold-pressed essential oils.

Since our patent-pending formulation contains no solvents, not only does it result in a non-irritating smell, it also preserves the acaricidal potential of our essential oils.

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