Sesquiterpenes

Now we move on the next of the more simple chemical families; sesquiterpenes, this family also has just hydrogen and carbon bonds about 15 of them. Due to this family being heavier chemically than monoterpenes the shelf life on these oils is also extended to around 6 years. Of course always remember these shelf lives are just approximations- how you store your oils will determine how long they last. 

Here are four of the chemical components within the Sesquiterpene family and their known therapeutic benefits:

Alpha Caryophyllene- anti-inflammatory and antitumoral

Beta Caryophyllene- anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antitumoral, antispasmodic and antiviral

Curcumene- anti-inflammatory and antitumoral

Beta Sesquiphellandrene- antitumoral and antiviral

Common oils high in sesquiterpenes and their known therapeutic benefits:

Myrrh1 (Commiphora myrrha): warming, sedative, grounding, cicatrisant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-fungal, analgesic

Ginger (Zingiber officinale): warming, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic

Black Pepper (Piper nigrum): warming, analgesic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata forma genuina): sedative, hypotensive, cooling, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic

Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides): sedative, grounding, cooling, antiseptic, anti-fungal

Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi): sedative, grounding, antibacterial, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal

Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin): sedative, grounding, cooling, cicatrisant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-fungal

German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita): sedative, grounding, cooling, cicatrisant, antibacterial, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic

Opopanax (Commiphora guidotti): grounding, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic

Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana): grounding, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic

Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum): cicatrisant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic

1Quick safety note on Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) it has been shown to have a slowing effect on the growth of new blood vessels for this reason it is recommended for avoidance in pregnancy as it could affect fetal growth.

As always none of this has been evaluated by the FDA and under no circumstances is this information provided intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. Always consult your health care provider before changing or altering the things you do under their care.