Beta-Caryophyllene is present in many aromatic plants that produce essential oils, namely cloves and bay leaves. The commercial source of natural beta-caryophyllene is usually oil from clove leaves, however it is further processed, usually through vacuum fractional distillation, to separate, purify and enrich other materials used for flavorings, fragrances, and pharmaceuticals. The aroma is noticeably clove like, and with an astringent, spicy taste.
Beta-caryophyllene is a sesquiterpene, containing three isoprene units, making it chemically larger than other terpenes like pinene, limonene and mycrene. Unique to beta-caryophyllene is a cyclobutane ring, which is very rare to find in a nature. Since it has the cyclobutane ring, it is very popular in biotech research. Beyond that, we regularly find it in many products humans consume. It is often used in spice blends, alcohol, fragrance blends for candles, cookies and Christmas candies.
Some studies suggest that Beta-caryophyllene is thought to be highly sedative, and may support other medicinal benefits, including antidepressant, anxiolytic (anxiety reliever), anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain reliever), antioxidant, and as a neuroprotective as it can slow damage being done to the brain and nervous system.
Extract consultants has created many blends that include Beta-caryophyllene. One such blend is our popular Skywalker terpene blend. Give it a try and put your sniffer to use. Can you detect the spicy, clove like note?