English name: Coleus oil
Botanical name: Coleus forskohlii
Coleus forkskohlii belongs to the Lamiaceae – lavender family. Since centuries coleus oil has been used in ayurvedic medicine. It is extracted from the root of coleus forskohlii and obtained in the purest form by the latest SCFE –CO2 extraction method. This method proves to be a great oil extraction method as compared to traditional methods.
The dark brownish coleus oil contains forskolin, an active ingredient. It gets a woody and pleasant aroma from sesquiphellandrene a component present in it. It has a number of properties including broncholytic, anti asthamatic, chronotropic, inotropic, hypotensive, anti inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, food additive, antioxidant and antiseptic properties.
The oil helps in increasing cyclic AMP – adenosine monophosphate amount within the cells by activating the adenylate cyclase enzyme. In body cells, the cyclic AMP (cAMP) is the secondary messenger and play an important role. It is termed as a very crucial compound for regulating cells.
Coleus oil has been used for many years in ayurvedic medicine. Traditionally, it has been used in treating insomnia, spasms in the intestine, diseases of the heart and lung, convulsions, asthma and in reducing blood pressure. Production of milk is also stimulated by this extract, it can treat schizophrenia, depression, bronchitis, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, cirrhosis, menstrual cramps, bronchitis, skin rash, weight loss, weight gain, eczema, ulcers and parasites in the intestine.
Forskolin content helps in increasing occurrence of intracellular cAMP which is beneficial to athletes as it raises secretion of insulin, relaxes arteries, improves functioning of the thyroid hormone and metabolism and fat burning.
It has been used as an excellent digestive remedy in folk medicine in Asian countries. Besides being a good tonic for the heart, it helps in dilating blood vessels and lowering blood pressure. It has a stimulating effect on the digestive enzymes and encourages better food assimilation and digestion. In the small intestine it increases absorption of nutrients.
Coleus oil can have clinical, biochemical and physiological effects including increasing insulin secretion, inhibiting aggregation of platelets, increasing lipolysis, preventing peroxidation of membrane liquids in hyperglycemia and steroid genesis and production of testosterone. As an excellent anti asthmatic and broncholytic, it is beneficial to the respiratory tract and genitourinary tract in men for treating vasculogenic impotency.
It has a positive influence in managing psoriasis and cellulite in skin, improving myocardial functions, improves coronary blood flow, inhibits skin pathogens growth, skin infections and dental caries. It can be used in making creams and also added to other essential oils. Infections in the urinary tract and bladder, pain, reproductive disorders, sperm production issues, gas, bloating, mal-absorption and other ailments can also be treated with coleus oil. Presence of forskolin in the oil helps in activating hormonal processes and combating thyroid issues, allergies and inflammation.
It is best to avoid using coleus oil directly on the skin and consult a good healthcare professional first. Children, nursing and pregnant women should avoid its use. It could cause allergic reaction so consultation is necessary. For individuals looking at reducing fat in the body, it is beneficial. As a sports supplement, the oil is effective and safe to use.