Lavender and the Levo 2

I purchased a Levo 2 from Levo Oils to see what I could extract from lavender flowers with the end goal of making a lavender infused coffee creamer. These are the specifications of the product purchased at Natural grocers. Whole organic lavender flowers packed 21-166, SAP 755919, PLU2835 Packaged by Vitamin Cottage IH08:05. I usedContinue reading “Lavender and the Levo 2”

Carvacrol and TRPM2

Introduction The TRPM2 structure comes from RCSB.org entry 6PUS. It features human TRPM2 bound to ADP-ribose, an NAD+ metabolite produced under oxidative stress and/or neuro degenerative conditions. The TRPV4 is from Xenopus. 6C8H The gadolinium inhibitor (arrow) is part of this structure. The TRPM2 mRNA and TRPV4 mRNA expression data are from Proteinatlas.org. The firstContinue reading “Carvacrol and TRPM2”

Cedrene and cedrol

An olfactory receptor in fat cells? Olfactory Receptor Family 10 Subfamily J Member 5 (OR10J5) is a typically G protein coupled receptor that signals through Gas pathways. GeneCards.org has perhaps the best expression data for OR10J5, the human version of Mouse olfactory receptor 23 MOR23. Tissue expression in the feature image is Illumina mRNA sequencingContinue reading “Cedrene and cedrol”

Terpenes and cell membranes

Terpene and lipid interactions: Not uncharted territory Terpene interactions with phospholipids in cell membranes and how those phospholipids communicate with receptors in those membranes is a bit of an unknown. However…. We already know more than we may realize just from the history of terpene use as transdermal permeablity enhancers. Trans dermal delivery of drugsContinue reading “Terpenes and cell membranes”