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  • Essential oils are odoriferous bodies of an oily nature obtained from herbal sources generally liquid (sometimes semi-solid or solid) at ordinary temperatures and volatile without decomposition.

  • These are the constituents of plants generally volatile in steam.

  • They are used in cosmetics, toiletries, tooth-paste, food products like confectionery, chocolate, ice cream and pharmaceuticals.

  • Many of the developing countries have vast potential in cultivating the herbs due to their climate, rainfall and geographical conditions.

  • Demand is generated from home market as well as export market. The source of demand is from end use industries which are primarily personal care products, food products, pharmaceuticals.

  • The demand for essential oil by fragrance industry is 60%, flavour industry 20% and pharmaceutical industry 20%.

  • There is good demand from USA, UK, France, Germany and also far eastern countries like Japan, Singapore and Hongkong. The estimated demand for essential oils for the year 1996- 97 is 14,900 tonnes.

  • The growth rates normally are of 9% and 25% for domestic and export market respectively. The demand supply gap is about 8000 tonnes.

  • Most important oils that have a good demand presently are: Lemon Grass oil, Rose Oil, Ginger Oil, Clove Oil, Citronella Oil, Geranium Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Mint Oil, Vetiver Oil, Jasmine Oil, Lavender oil, cinamon oil, etc.

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