Aroma: Herbaceous, green
Vaporizes At: 399ºF (204ºC)
Potential Medical Value: Relaxant
Also Found in: Chlorophyll
Found in green tea, phytol is a diterpene that results from the degradation of chlorophyll. Phytol inhibits the enzyme that degrades the neurotransmitter GABA, which may partially account for its relaxing effect. Patients with Refsum disease should limit their intake of phytanic acid and free phytol.