I am currently taking a course on fundamental organic chemistry in relation to essential oils. In the latest lesson a piece of information surfaced which I thought would be of great interest to a lot of people. One of the common constituents of essential oils examined was beta-caryophyllene.
Some notable therapeutic properties of beta-caryophyllene are that it is analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic. However, the information that caught my attention is that this component is anti-leishmanial. The next point is that the oil with the highest beta-caryophyllene content is copaiba oil which contains 30-60%!
Other commonly used oils containing beta-caryophyllene are black pepper, cananga, cannabis sativa and melissa which contain 20%, 17%, 15% and 15% respectively.