Hi Canna Oils Fam!
Mel here, bringing you this weeks newsletter!
Lets talk about dandruff, a common scalp condition characterized by flaky skin, which can be a persistent and often frustrating issue for many (including myself). While traditional treatments focus on anti-dandruff shampoos containing active ingredients like zinc pyrithione and ketoconazole, there is growing interest in exploring natural alternatives. One such compound that has caught the attention of researchers is beta-caryophyllene (BCP), a natural terpene found in various plants, renowned for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
Understanding Beta-Caryophyllene (BCP):
BCP is a bicyclic sesquiterpene that belongs to the family of cannabinoids. It is present in plants like cannabis, cloves, and black pepper. What makes BCP intriguing is its interaction with the endocannabinoid system, particularly the CB2 receptors, which are known to play a role in immune response and inflammation.
The Anti-Inflammatory Connection:
Dandruff is often associated with inflammation of the scalp. BCP’s notable anti-inflammatory properties suggest a potential role in alleviating this aspect of dandruff. By modulating the inflammatory response, it could contribute to a calmer, healthier scalp environment.
Some studies have highlighted the antimicrobial activity of BCP. If dandruff is also linked to an overgrowth of yeast or bacteria on the scalp, the antimicrobial effects of BCP may offer a natural solution. This could be particularly relevant for cases where conventional treatments fall short.
Promoting Skin Health:
BCP has been investigated for its positive effects on skin health. If dandruff is associated with dryness or irritation of the scalp, BCP may contribute to maintaining a balanced and nourished skin barrier, potentially reducing the occurrence of flakes.
Incorporating BCP into Your Routine:
Alongside taking your oral drops morning & night – applying Canna Oils BCP directly to your scalp and massaging in, leaving in for at least an hour before washing out with shampoo and following with conditioner.
Personally, I blended my Canna Oils in a 50/50 mix with rosemary oil and applied to the affected area. This has been working a treat for me, I have been experimenting with this mix for 3 weeks and have noticed a significant improvement.
I’m so excited to have found a natural alternative for dandruff that works for me! If you try this remedy, please let us know how it goes!!
As we always have to say – while the potential benefits of BCP in addressing dandruff are intriguing, it’s essential to approach natural remedies with caution. Consultation with a healthcare professional or dermatologist is advised before incorporating BCP into your routine, especially if you have underlying skin conditions or are using other medications.
Enjoy your weekend everybody!
Research References:1São Paulo State University-UNESP, Institute of Biosciences of Botucatu-IBB, São Paulo, Brazil. Beta-caryophyllene as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and re-epithelialization activities in a rat skin wound excision model. Saad S Dahham 1, Yasser M Tabana 2, Muhammad A Iqbal 3, Mohamed B K Ahamed 4, Mohammed O Ezzat 5, Aman S A Majid 6, Amin M S A Majid 7The Anticancer, Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Properties of the Sesquiterpene β-Caryophyllene from the Essential Oil of Aquilaria crassna. Sachiko Koyama 1, Anna Purk 2, Manpreet Kaur 3, Helena A Soini 4, Milos V Novotny 4, Keith Davis 5, C Cheng Kao 6, Hiroaki Matsunami 7, Anthony Mescher 8, Beta-caryophyllene enhances wound healing through multiple routes
Disclaimer: The information in this post is for reference purposes only and not intended to constitute or replace professional medical advice or personal research. Please consult a qualified medical professional before making any changes to your diet, medications or lifestyle. Effects are provided as a guide only. Statements have not been evaluated by the TGA.