Essential Oils – Schisandra Fruit CO2 Extract (Schisandra Sphenanthera)

Schisandra Fruit CO2 Extract (Schisandra Sphenanthera)

Botanical Origin:  East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Russian Far East, Himalayas)

Common Method of Extraction:
CO2 extracted

Part Typically Used:

Color: Yellow


Perfumery Note: Middle

Shelf Life: One year in closed pack under cool storage conditions and exclusion of light.

Strength of Initial Aroma: Bitter, sour, sweet, fruity.

Blends Well With:
Grapefruit, bergamot, lavender, rose, geranium, black spruce, ylang ylang essential ols.

Common name :
Wu Wei Zi – China

Chemical structure: The major active compounds in schisandra are lignans (schizandrin, deoxyschizandrin, gomisins, and pregomisin) found in the seeds of the fruit. Also, there are Beta Carotene, Niacin, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Wuweizisu-C, volatile elements: alfa-pinene, camphene, beta-pinene, myrcene, alfa-terpinene, limonene, terpinene, p-cymene, thymol methyl ether, bornyl acetate, citronellyl acetate, linalool, terpinene-4-ol, alfa-terpineol, geraniol, borneol, citronellol, benzoicacid, beta-elemene, alfa-ylangene, cuparene, sesquicarene, beta-chamigrene, alfa-chamigrene, shamigrenol, beta-bisabolene, ethyl benzylether, alfa-santalene, clovene, beta-caryophyllene, beta-selinene, thyjopsense, santalol;alpha-santalol, nonylphenol, 1-methyl-4-methylethenylcyclohexene, phenyl-2-propanone, isolongifolene. 

Note: Very concentrated.

Schisandra Chinensis is a deciduous woody vine native to forests of Northern China and the Russian Far East. The plant likes some shade with moist, well-drained soil. The species itself is dioecious, thus flowers on a female plant will only produce fruit when fertilized with pollen from a male plant. Schisandra is a woody vine with numerous clusters of tiny, bright red berries.

There are two similar species of SchisandraSchisandra Chinensis and Schisandra Sphenanthera. Both have been used interchangeably in Chinese medicine for centuries where they are known as Wu-wei-zi which translates as ” Five taste fruit” – sour, sweet, bitter, warm, and salty. All of these five elements come across deliciously in the aroma of this co2 extract of the dried Sphenanthera berries.


In the Eastern world Schisandra has been used for thousands of years, is a phenomenal adaptogen which in plain English means it helps the mind, body and soul counteract any stressful situation we may encounter and makes us less prone to disease as well.


Therapeutic Properties :


Fields of application: Amnesia, anxiety, asthma, cancer, chronic diarrhea, cough, diabetes mellitus, difficulty breathing, dropsy, dysentery, excessive perspiration, excessive thirst, headache, heart palpitation, hyperglycemia, hypertension, impotence, indigestion, infertility, insomnia, nervous exhaustion, neuralgia, neurasthenia, night sweats, nocturnal emission, nonicteric hepatitis, polyuria, premature ejaculation, seminal emissions, spermatorrhea, stridor, tuberculosis, chronic cough and asthma, irritability, insomnia, dreamful sleep and forgetfulness.   

Contraindications: Schisandra fruit extract is classified as safely consumed. Possible side effects include heartburn, acid indigestion, stomach pain, anorexia, skin rashes and hives.

Pregnancy / Lactation: It should not be used by pregnant women. Its use is contraindicated in individuals in pregnancy as it may induce uterine contractions. There are no data on its use during lactation.

Children: Schisandra fruit co2 extract demonstrates anit-irritant, anti-oxidative, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Schisandra fruit co2 extract can be used in products for sensitive skin, calming lotions and creams in baby products.

Guidelines: Diluted: for topical use : 1 – 100%. (recommended safe usage: 1,0 – 5,0%)

Schisandra co2 is most remarkable for its adaptogenic properties, its ability to focus the mind and uplift the spirit. it is one of the 50 fundamental herbs of traditional Chinese medicine, and has long been used as a way to balance the Yin and Yang.

In Russia, Schisandra also has a history of use for its ability to protect the body against a range of external stressors.

Wu Wei Zi (China) name means “Five Taste Fruit“. Due to the fact that Schisandra possesses all five of the classical “tastes” (sour, bitter, sweet, spicy and salty) and thus possesses the essence of all five of the elemental energies (wood, fire, earth, metal and water), it is respected as a health-providing tonic in the same class with Ginseng and Ganoderma.  

The product reduces hyper proliferation, is a cox-2 inhibitor and has anti-irritant, anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties.

In food supplements and natural remedies as anti-hepatotoxic, anti-mutagenic, anti-asthmatic and anti-diabetic agent. The product has relaxant, tonic and adaptogenic properties, increases resistance against stress factors, stabilises cell membranes, inhibits oxidative cell damage and reduces inflammation.

It is also an effective anti-depressant, useful for people suffering with fatigue and good for increasing brain efficiency.

Schisandra co2 extract has adaptogenic properties, meaning it can help the mind and body respond to stress better. Schisandra has been shown scientifically to balance cortisol release and to prevent adrenal fatigue.

Schisandra co2 extract is used as a whole-body tonic. In particular, it supports intestinal function and helps alleviate intestinal problems. In addition, it has been shown to help detoxify the liver and improve hepatic function.

Schisandra is used to increase energy levels and help focus the mind. For this reason, Schisandra has reputedly been given to Russian astronauts to help them improve performance while in space.


In personal care cosmetics Schisandra fruit co2 extract is used for treatment of stressed, sensitive and hyper reactive skin, as prophylaxis in case of problem skin, atopic skin and skin tending to allergies.

The product reduces hyper proliferation, is a cox-2 inhibitor and has anti-irritant, anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties.

It features heavily in health and beauty products, supposedly reducing ageing and helping to maintain a youthful glow and is widely used for its sedative actions.

Schisandra fruit co2 extract also can be used to beautify the skin and to protect the skin from the damaging effects of the sun and wind.

Due to the astringent quality of Schisandra, the skin tends to hold its moisture and becomes full and beautiful. It has always been very popular with the wealthy men and women of China because of its youth preserving and rejuvenating effects.

People who start taking Schisandra regularly all change for the better. Their skin virtually glows and becomes clear and fine after one-two months. Recommended concentration of Schisandra fruit co2 extract in cosmeceutics and skin care products is 0,001 – 0,05%.


Schisandra fruit co2 extract with its interesting range of bioactive lignans is used in food and beverage industry, food supplements and natural remedies where its recommended concentration is 0,01 – 0,5%.

For convenient use, it is recommended to dilute the extract in any vegetable oil (Sunflower, Olive, Grape seed) in ratio of 1:20 before use as a food additive.


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