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The process of diffusion and permeation are in part described by Fick’s laws (Rieger 1993). These are a series of mathematical descriptions of diffusion through membranes. More important than the actual concentration of the substance (in this case the essential oil), is its chemical activity or potency. Therefore if an essential oil contains a small amount of a potent component (a phenol), its chemical potential is greater than that of an essential oil containing a larger amount of a less potent chemical (an alcohol).
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Alcohols Terpenic alcohols are found in many essential oils. Their names all end in -ol. Structurally, they have a hydroxyl group attached to one of their carbon atoms (Table 3-8). Monoterpenic alcohols (monoterpenols) are thought to be good antiseptics with some antibacterial and antifungal properties. Isoborneol inhibits the herpes virus (Armaka et al 1999). Some alcohols, such as terpinen-4-ol, are uplifting; others like linalool are thought to be sedatives. Usually essential oils with a high percentage of monoterpenols are safe to use undiluted on the skin.