Good afternoon! Welcome back to #TerpeneTuesday!
Also, HAPPY OIL DAY!
Let’s dive right in and learn about Phytol!
Phytol is a byproduct from the breakdown of chlorophyll and a precursor to both vitamin E and vitamin K. Said to have a faint floral and balsamic scent, it acts as an immunosuppressant and impedes the activity of Aflatoxin (a mycotoxin) in the body.
Commonly found in anti-itch creams and products meant to aide healing in slow healing tissue wounds. Richly yellow, Phytol can be also be used as a non-toxic dye for foodstuffs
Ever notice how grass turns yellow when it is shielded from the sun? You’re seeing Phytol!
Found in aged green tea and used to treat insomnia, Phytol has even been known to be used in conjunction with Linalool.
Many terpenes are used to protect plants from insect predators but Phytol is one of the first discovered to be used by insects to protect themselves against their predators.
After discovering this, humans started using Phytol as an organic alternative to protect our greenhouses from mites, pests and fungi. Phytol practically preserves and maintains the healthy bacteria in our soil.
Suffering from Refsum disease? Steer clear of this terpene! Found to cause severe complications, anyone suffering from Refsum should use caution when medicating with anything high in Phytol.
Curious what strains might be plentiful?
Sources say Sour Diesel and various Cheese strains should be rich in this terpene!
You can also get significant dosing from green teas, beef and dairy products and fish oils!