10 Terpenes That Help You (And You Didn’t Even Know It!)

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2. Terpinolene

This chemical is called a monoterpene which is from a subfamily of terpenes. It’s attributes include being immune-modulating, anti-oxidant, antifungal, anti-biological, and anti-tumor. For hundreds of years it has been effective in treating insomnia. You can find terpinolene in marjoram, oregano, citrus rind, lilac, and cumin.

 

3. Phytol

This anti-oxidant is the result of a breakdown in chlorophyll. Phytol is considered an oily diterpene and is found in vitamins K and E.

 

4. Linalool

This terpene has a lovely floral fragrance and can easily be found in many perfumes. Look for it in birch, lavender, mint, citrus, and cinnamon. The health benefits from linalool include reducing psychosis, stress, and anxiety. They also increase the effectiveness of antidepressants and help alleviate convulsions from epilepsy. It is also popular as a sleep aid.

 

5. Beta-myrcene

You can find this terpene in eucalyptus, lemongrass, hops, mango, and cannabis. It has an aroma that ranges from balsamic and herbal to spicy and rooty. It has been known to relieve inflammation and pain as well as relax muscles. It is also hailed as a very important terpene in that it is an anti-inflammatory, it is anti-tumor, and helps prevent spasms. It has been used by people who have insomnia and also reduces pain.

 

6. Alpha-pinene

This terpene is mostly associated with pine trees. It has been able to relieve bronchitis by dilating the bronchial tubes, it cuts down on inflammation, raises cognitive function, and eliminates bacteria.

 

7. Caryophyllene-Oxide

This chemical is the result of the oxidation of beta-Caryophyllene. It is anti-biological working against tumors and fungus.

 

8. Beta-Caryophyllene

Besides giving black pepper and cloves their fragrant aromas, they also give these items their strong taste. It is antiseptic and antibacterial. It is effective in cutting down on inflammation, and reduces nerve pain, depression, and ulcers.

 

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9. Limonene

This terpene can be found in Cannabis and is responsible for the aroma of cleaning solvents and insect repellants that use a lemony scent. The aroma comes from plants that are in the citrus family. An important terpene, limonene, helps to prevent tumors, does away with bacterial infections, eases anxiety and depression, helps to stimulate your immune system, and works on ulcers and gastric reflux. Limonene has been found to have a low toxicity level and it is rare that anyone is allergic to it.

 

10. Humulene

Humulene is known for its association with hops, Vietnamese coriander, and different types of cannabis sativa. It serves as an anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-bacterial, and appetite suppressant. It is best known in Chinese medicine for its use in reducing inflammation.

 

References:

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