Category: Terpenes

Cork: science, environment & pharmacological potential

Highlights: The cellular structure and the chemical composition of cork are the basis of its low density, impermeability to liquids, elasticity, resilience, heat and acoustic insulation proprieties and resistance to chemical and microbial attack. Cork...

Tea tree oil: an insight on the Aboriginal bush medicine

The Tea tree plant Melaleuca Alternifolia, the source of tea tree oil, has been in use for centuries by the traditional people of Australia. Often prepared by soaking in water overnight or applying the...

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Anti-inflammatory effects of a dietary cannabinoid: caryophyllene

Terpenes: a “smelly” super-family Terpenes are produced as secondary metabolites by many plants as a form of defence. They are a diverse class of organic compounds with well over 30,000 members and attribute the...

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What if your psychiatrist prescribed a trip in the forest vs antidepressants?

As a common practice in Japan, “Shinrin-yoku” are short visits to forests that allow to breath in volatile substances which improve overall immune function. A walk or trip in the forest corresponds to natural...