A class of terpenes that consist of three isoprene units. Sesquiterpenes are found naturally in plants and insects, as semiochemicals, (e.g. defensive agents or pheromones). There are more than 10,000 kinds of sesquiterpenes and are the principle constituents of Cedarwood (98%), Vetiver (97%) and Spikenard (93%) to just name a few. Sesquiterpene molecules deliver oxygen molecules to cells, like hemoglobin does in the blood. Sesquiterpenes can also erase or deprogram miswritten codes in cellular memory. Sesquiterpenes are thought to be especially effective in fighting cancer. The root problem with a cancer cell is that it contains misinformation, and sesquiterpenes can delete that garbled information. At the same time the oxygen carried by sesquiterpene molecules creates an environment where cancer cells can’t reproduce. Hence, sesquiterpenes deliver cancer cells a double punch, one that disables their coded misbehavior and a second that stops their growth. and have the ability to go beyond the Blood Brain Barrier (meaning they can cross the blood brain barrier increasing the oxygen to the brain). The American Medical Association (AMA) has said that if they could find an agent that would pass the blood brain barrier, they would be able to find cures for many different diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Such agents already exist and have been available since Biblical times. The agents, of course, are essential oils, particularly those containing the brain oxygenating molecules of sesquiterpenes.
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