Terpene oils are extracted from different plants. Many occur naturally in cannabis while others are found in plants such as Black Pepper, Sage, Clove, Rosemary, and many others. Terpene oils are organic and naturally occurring chemical compounds that give various flowers, plants, and trees their individual flavors and aromas.
Terpenes are used in a variety of medical applications and therapies, as scents for colognes and perfumes, and as natural food flavoring additives. Here are the most popular uses for terpene oils.
Limonene is terpene oil commonly found in marijuana. It has a strong citrus smell as its name might suggest. It has strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It even works as an anti-carcinogenic that helps to prevent the growth of tumors. Limonene is also believed to increase attention and mental focus and according to anecdotal evidence it could be beneficial for sexual health. It is a natural insect repellant and is sometimes used to treat anxiety and depression.
Myrcene is another terpene oil that’s also commonly found in marijuana and it makes up the majority of aromatic oils in different strains of cannabis. It is also found in other plants such as hops. It is known to have pain-relieving, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It has a calming, relaxing, and sedative effect and is known to boost the psychoactive effects of THC.
Pinene is a terpene oil with a scent reminiscent of fir and pine trees. Many plants including Sage and Rosemary contain pinene. Pinene is believed to have local antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects. It is also known to be an expectorant and research shows that it positively affects memory. Pinene is also believed to improve concentration and boost energy.
Caryophyllene is a terpene oil with a spicy flavor often found in spices and herbs such as black pepper. It has known to be a strong local analgesic, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory. Cloves, which are known for being a great natural remedy for toothaches contain this terpene oil.
Linalool is a terpene oil that’s reminiscent of fresh flowers. It has a smell of floral lavender with a hint of spiciness. It induces a calming and sedative effect and used for treating anxiety and nervousness. It is believed to have anti-epileptic and analgesic properties. It is partly responsible for the sedative and calming effects of some strains of cannabis.
Eucalyptol is a terpene oil found in essential eucalyptus oil. It has a fresh, minty, and cooling smell. It is believed to have pain-relieving properties and the ability to improve focus and concentration. It is often found in plants used for meditation.
Borneol is found in great abundance in Rosemary. The terpene oil has a minty, fresh camphor flavor. Borneol has a long history in Chinese medicine where it is used for treating fatigue and stress. It can be used as a local anesthetic and has antispasmodic and sedative properties. Borneol is even used as a natural insect repellant.
Nerolidol is a terpene oil commonly found in niaouli, citronella, and ginger. It is commonly used as a flavoring agent in perfume and has an earth-fresh, wooden aroma that is reminiscent of bark. Nerolidol is believed to be an anti-fungal and is an effective treatment for malaria. It also has a relaxing and sedative effect.
Terpineol is a terpene oil with the pleasant smell of lilac and the scent of lime blossoms. It is commonly used in the manufacture of cosmetics and perfumes. It is one of the terpene oils with a relaxing and sedative effect.