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Essential Oils: New Perspectives in Human Health and Wellness

Call for Papers

Essential oils are natural products, derived from aromatic plants, traditionally used all over the world for disinfection, as anti-inflammatory, relaxing, and stimulating substances, and with potential and modern exploitation in clinical medicine.

The earliest recorded mention of the techniques and methods used to produce essential oils is believed to be that of Ibn al-Baitar (1188–1248). The chemical composition of these essential oils varies widely depending upon the geographical location, botanical origin, genetics, bacterial endophytes, and extraction techniques. Essential oils are commonly used in food and cosmetic industries. They can be used as natural alternatives to synthetic preparations to prevent and treat infectious diseases. They are used traditionally to treat other diseases like respiratory tract, digestive system, gynecological, andrological, endocrine, cardiovascular, nervous system, and skin infections. Many of them have shown anticancer activities, too.

We are interested in articles that explore aspects of clinical and basic pharmacology, toxicology, biomedicine, and biotechnology of essential oils in human health and wellness. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Traditional aromatherapy
  • Chemical characterization and standard methods to control quality or profile typified of essential oils and their derivatives
  • Human clinical and experimental pharmacology and toxicology of essential oils
  • Safety, adverse reactions, interactions, and postmarketing surveillance of essential oils
  • Biomarkers/correlates on essential oils and their potential pharmacological actions
  • Botanics and agricultural practice regarding the production and manufacturing of essential oils relevant to human pharmacology/toxicology
  • Clinical assays to pharmaceutical products with essential oils in biotechnology
  • Identification of new biomedical targets of the biological response to essential oils
  • Essential oils in nanotechnology and nanomedicine
  • Essential oils in cosmetics and food/beverage production
  • Essential oils as safe biopesticides

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/ecam/eoils/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 6 December 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 28 February 2014
Publication DateFriday, 25 April 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Fabio Firenzuoli, Center for Integrative Medicine, Referring Center for Phytotherapy, Tuscany Region, Careggi University Hospital, University School of Medicine of Florence, Florence, Italy

Guest Editors

  • Vikas Jaitak, Centre for Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Central University of Punjab Bathinda, Punjab, India
  • Gyorgyi Horvath, Institute of Pharmacognosy, Medical School, University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary
  • Imaël Henri Nestor Bassolé, Laboratoire BAEBIB, UFR-SVT, Université de Ouagadougou, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • William N. Setzer, Department of Chemistry, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL 35899, USA
  • Luigi Gori, Referring Center for Phytotherapy, Tuscany Region, Careggi University Hospital University School of Medicine of Florence, Florence, Italy