Lesson 2 – Sesquiterpenes!

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Another chemistry lesson. Did you ever imagine that chemistry would be so fun?!!

Sesquiterpenes are another class of chemicals with only carbons – 15 to be exact. No other molecules are included.  Where monoterpenes had very distinctive effects, sesquiterpenes do not. Most of them are anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic, and antispasmodic, but other characteristics are dependant upon other chemicals in the oil. But, they are excellent for coughs and colds!

Some oils that are high in sesquiterpenes are:
Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
Opopanax (Commiphora guidotti)
Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin)
Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi)
Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata forma genuina)

I’m going to share some fun recipes for cold and flu season as well as travel health this week!

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