Die pharmakologische Wirkung von Gewürzen, insbesondere der ätherischen Öle
Abstract: For a long time spices have been playing an important role in nutrition and therapy of various diseases. The production of those volatile oils is to be seen in close connection with the invention of distillation instruments. Those methods probably have been known already to the ancient Indians and Egyptions, but certainly to the Arabs from the nineth century a.D. onwards. At that time volatile oils were used for embalming and for cosmetic and for ritual purposes. In the Middle Ages in monestries and drug stores in particular they produced those exquisite essences.This article is intendended to summerize, which effects volantile oils have if used orally or externally. Only scientific research has been taken into account.