We’ve all had a cut or abrasion that just seems to take forever to heal. I discovered this week that Beta-caryophyllene has been found to improve the wound healing process – that’s right, the list of great benefits just keep on growing!
Check out below the findings from one particular study (comments mine):
A study from Indiana University revealed that a chemical compound in essential oils may enhance wound healing, especially when applied topically. According to co-author Sachiko Koyama, essential oils – like those from lavender, rosemary, ylang-ylang and black pepper – contain a chemical compound called beta-caryophyllene.
“This contributes to improved wound healing, based on a murine model.This is the first finding at the chemical-compound level showing improved wound healing in addition to changes in gene expression in the skin,” said Koyama.
Beta-caryophyllene may decrease inflammation and accelerate re-epithelialization (usually the final healing stage of a wound, in which the surface layer EPITHELIUM regenerates from the edges to cover the wound site).
The latter refers to the restoration of structure and function of injured tissues. During this process, epithelial cells at the wound start to migrate and cover the injured area. The researchers added that beta-caryophyllene may prevent cell death, allowing cells to survive and proliferate.
“I thought maybe wound healing would be accelerated if inflammation was suppressed, stimulating an earlier switch from the inflammatory stage to the next stage,” she added. (see below diagram).
The team also noted increased gene expression of hair follicle stem cells in the treated tissue. This potentially indicate that there’s more to wound-healing activity of beta-caryophyllene than just activating genes.
“It’s possibly more complicated,” she added. “Our findings suggest the involvements of some other routes in addition to CB2. I hope to clarify the mechanisms of action in the near future.”
Koyama, a social neuroscientist at Indiana University, …….her interest was sparked when she saw students working on the wound healing process in mice. She knew from experience that beta-caryophyllene can also activate cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2), which has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
Pretty cool, hey! So next time you hurt yourself you could apply a small amount of your Canna Oils BCP directly on the wound. I applied Canna Oils BCP to an abrasion I had this week. I really do think that it has healed much quicker.
Try it out and let us know your thoughts.
The above information is for educational purposes only – not intended as medical advice.