I'm in the middle of a project, well, i suppose at the beginning rather...
I'm real interested in the potential in the topical application of a few active-plant/mushroom components specifically for ergogenic/performance enhancing purposes- More specifically in this case I'm curious about using Lion's Mane to help intentionally increase axon size + myelination....
Not really what I'm asking about here though.
It's been shown that natural terpenes, including those found in Reishi, act as penetration enhancers, greatly increasing the penetration effect of the transdermal application of various drugs.
I'm an herbalist, and I'm well familiar with making various salves creams etc, and in the past I've added a reishi extract in alcohol in hopes of making use of this PE effect of it's terpenes.
However, it's also been shown that adding to topical formulas terpenes in the 1%-5% ratio of the total formula are most effective.
Which brings me to my question
Having no specific chemistry equipment to make use of, are there any extraction-methods I can use to isolate terpenes out of my medicinal mushrooms?