Humulene, also known as α-humulene or α-caryophyllene, has a unique earthy and woody fragrance. It is a naturally occurring terpene. Terpenes are a group of fragrant essential oils found in all plants. Every fruit, vegetable and herb that you eat, derives its flavor from terpenes. Some terpenes are vitamins. Vitamin K is considered a terpene also.
Terpenes are aromatic molecules produced in the resin of the plant. Most of the scents and smells that we associate with plants are due to their natural terpenes. Many plant terpenes act synergistically with other terpenes and some serve to either catalyze or inhibit formation of other compounds within a plant. Often, terpenes, which are naturally produced by plants, serve as defense mechanisms to fight predators and pathogens such as bacteria and fungi. Terpenes are a major component of essential oils. Terpenes contain medicinal properties to help regulate mood, sleep, improve thinking and overall health.
mechanisms to fight predators and pathogens such as bacteria and fungi.
Terpenes are a major component of essential oils. Terpenes contain medicinal properties to help regulate mood, sleep, improve thinking and overall health.
Humulene has been found in a number of aromatic plants including pine trees, orange orchards, tobacco, and sunflower fields.
It’s contained in the essential oils of aromatic plants such as sage, ginseng and ginger.
A unique terpene because, like the cannabinoid Tetrahydrocannabivarin, Humulene acts as an appetite suppressant.
The Chinese have long utilized it as medicine.
Humulene has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects in humans.
Swelling in our body, is a sign of inflammation and is commonly caused by histamine production. Histamines are responsible for inflammation called hayfever. Humulene has been shown to exhibit an anti-histamine effect.
Humulene is also called alpha-caryophyllene. Like beta-caryophyllene, Humulene is a cannabinoid and sesquiterpene.
A sesquiterpene is a member of the terpene group; comprises three units of isoprene. It may be used as an antiseptic, antibacterial, or anti-inflammatory and for calming by aromatherapists.
Overall, Humulene, a naturally occurring terpene potential attributes are anti-tumor, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and appetite suppressant. It has commonly been blended with Beta-Caryophyllene and used as a major remedy for inflammation, and thus its’ wide use in Chinese medicine.
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Beta-Caryophyllene, also known as BCP, is a common constituent of the essential oils of numerous spice and food plants and a major component in Cannabis.