Phytogenics are being used with increasing frequency, but many users are still uncertain on what constitutes this additive and its relation with essential oils.
Phytogenics are a family of additives with some considerable history. In fact, phytogenics have been around for a couple of decades under various names: essential oils, plant extracts, botanicals and now, phytogenics. Although the basic compounds that constitute this family of additives remain, in theory, unchanged, the way these additives are manufactured and put together has changed considerably. As such, it merits revisiting this interesting additive, if only to catch up with the latest developments and even to establish some basic facts about them. After all, not much is known about their role in plants, let alone in animals.