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Essential oils

Essential oils are volatile oils obtained from plants or from part thereof by, for example, steam and/or water distillation.

Most essential oils consist of mixtures of hydrocarbons (terpenes, sesquiterpenes, etc.), oxygenated compounds (alcohol, esters, aldehydes, ketones, etc.) and a small percentage of non-volatile residues (paraffin, wax, etc.).

These active ingredients can also be produced in nature-identical form with an identical chemical structure as those present in naturally occurring raw materials and their extracts.

The effects of essential oils are widely known in human and in animal use. They stimulate endogenous enzymes and regulate the gut microbial flora. This will help in maintaining the health of the animals.

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