Terpenes: A Wellness Guide

Terpenes: A Wellness Guide


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Overview:  Here’s a quick guide to get you started on your journey exploring terpenes and their impact on your health and wellness!

Please note that boiling point indicates the point at which a terpene will start to boil away – so for some terpenes like nerolidol and ocimene, it’s best to go low (low temperature) and slow (slower breaths) to enjoy the maximum experience with these terpenes!

by Jamie Toth

Myrcene

Wellness Benefits: cardiac protective, neural protective, anxyolytic (anxiety-reducing)

Will Boil Away at: 332 F

Flavors: camphoraceous, woody, vegetable, citrus, fruity, tropical, mango, leafy

Other Sources: Coffee, beets, carrots, verbena, wild thyme, bay leaf, clary sage, bergamot, blueberries, pomelo, cardamom, celery leaf oil, celery seeds, chamomile, cinnamon, citronella, coriander, cumin, black currants, dill, allspice, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, geraniums, apricot, grapefruit, guava, hops, hyacinth, juniper berry, blood orange, lavender, lemon balm, lemon leafs, betel leaf, lemongrass, limes, anise, mandarin, mango, marjoram, myrcia, neroli, nutmeg, oranges, oregano, parsley, black pepper, peppermint, rosemary, sage, spearmint, tamarind, basil, caraway, tarragon, tea leaf, thyme, wormwood, ylang ylang, and yuzu. 

Pinene

Wellness Benefits: anti-microbial, anti-malarial, anti-coagulative, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, gastroprotective, anti-anxiety, neuroprotective, anti-convulsant.

Will Boil Away at: 311 (alpha), 325 (beta)

Other Sources: Pines, Sagebrush, camphorweed, basil, rosemary, thyme, dill, cedar, eucalyptus, orange peel oil.

Flavors: woody pine terpenic camphoreous herbal spicy tropical

Limonene

Wellness Benefits: anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, gastroprotective, anti-depressive.

Will Boil Away at: 352° F ( 176 °C)

Flavors: Sweet, Citrus.

Other Sources: Oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, bay leaf, cardamom, celery, dill, pepper, rosemary, tea tree. While its name comes from lemons, the highest concentration of natural limonene is found in orange rind, whose oil is up to 97% limonene.

Nerolidol

Wellness Benefits: anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-nociceptive (pain dulling).

Will Boil Away at: 251° F

Flavors: Green, Fresh, floral, sweet.

Other Sources: Neroli, basil, guava, lavender, tea tree, strawberries, ginger, jasmine, and lemongrass. It’s the major scent compound in the Mexican orchid Brassavola nodosa.

Beta-caryophyllene

Wellness Benefits: Anti-oxidant,anti-inflammatory, effective against neuropathic pain.

Will Boil Away at: 264 to 266 °F

Flavors:  Woody, spicy.

Other Sources: Cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, basil.

Linalool

Wellness Benefits: anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, anti-psoriatic.

Will Boil Away at: 388 °F

Flavors: Citrus, sweet, woody, orange, floral, coriander seeds,

Other Sources: Lavender oil, tea, neroli, coriander, bergamot, basil, anise seed oil, blood orange, lemon balm, orange, peppermint, oregano

Humulene

Wellness Benefits: anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory

Will Boil Away at: 223 °F

Flavors: Woody, spicy, and herbaceous.

Other Sources: Hops, sage, spearmint, basil, ginger, Vietnamese coriander, yuzu leaf, ylang-ylang, yarrow oil, wormwood, tomato leaf, thyme, tea, tamarind, cloves, rosemary, raspberry, bergamot, black pepper, parsley, pennyroyal, oregano, orange peel. nutmeg, marjoram, mandarin, lime, lemongrass, juniper, clove, cinnamon, valerian, Cyprus, blood orange, marsh elders, oranges, turmeric. Hops oil can be up to 33% Humulene!

Ocimene

Wellness Benefits: anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-convulsant, anti-inflammatory

Will Boil Away at: 133°F 

Flavors: Green, woody, tropical, clean.

Other Sources: Basil, mint, coriander, cotton, black currant, mango, marjoram, neroli, kumquats, parsley, mandarin, pepper, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, orchid, hops, bergamot, pine.

Terpinolene

Wellness Benefits: antifungal, larvicidal.

Will Boil Away at: 365° F (183.00 to 185.00 °C)

Flavors: woody, terpy, lemon and lime-like with a slight herbal and floral nuance

Other Sources: sage, lilac, rosemary, conifer trees, apple trees, tea trees, fir, pine, turmeric leaf, cumin, nutmeg, cardamom. Highest concentration found in parsnips.

Bisabolol

Wellness Benefits: anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, gastroprotective

Will Boil Away at 365° F

Flavors: Floral, sweet, spicy.

Other Sources: basil, bergamot, chamomile, carrot seed, cedarwood,  corn, fleabane, ginger, guava, lavender, lemon, lime, orange, pine, tansy, wormwood, yarrow, ylang ylang.  primary constituent of German chamomile oil which contains up to 50% alpha-bisabolol.

Terpineol

Wellness Benefits: Gastroprotective, anti-oxidant, cardiac protective

Will Boil Away at: 424°F

Flavors: citrus, woody, lemon, lime, soap

Other Sources: Ajowan, Protium heptaphyllum, anise, allspice, apple, apricot, basil, bergamot, cassia, celery leaf, cinnamon, angelica, bay leaf, blueberry, buchu, cabbage, blood orange, cassia leaf, celery, chamomile

Sabinene

Wellness Benefits: Anxiolytic, antifungal, antioxidant

Will Boil Away at327° F

Flavors:  oily, spicy, citrus

Other Sources: Pepper, Allspice, basil, norway spruce, carrot, holm oak, nutmeg, carrot seed oil, angelica, anise, bergamot, juniper, pimento, peppermint, pennyroyal, parsley, oregano, orange peel, nutmeg, marjoram,blood orange, boldus leaf, cardamom, cassia, celery, yuzu, yarrow, worwood, tumeric, thyme, tansy oil, tangerine, sage,  mace, lime, lemon, lavender, hyssop, ginger.

Phytol

Wellness Benefits: anxiolytic, metabolism-modulating, cytotoxic, antioxidant, autophagy- and apoptosis-inducing, antinociceptive, anti-inflammatory, immune-modulating, and antimicrobial effects.

Will Boil Away at396°F

Flavors: jasmine, green, light, floral, vegetal, waxy

Other Sources: jasmine, cardamom, betel leaf, flax, coriander.

Eucalyptol

Wellness Benefits: anti-inflammatory, bronchodilation, anti-microbial, antibacterial

Will Boil Away at350°F

Flavors: minty, camphoraceous, medicinal

Other Sources: eucalyptus, bay leaf, cardamom, rosemary, sage, allspice, basil, bergamot, calamus, cassia bark, brazillian cherry leaf, cinnamon, clary sage, cumin, dill, horsemint, laurel leaf, lavender, lemongrass,  mandarin, marjoram, oregano, black pepper, pine, thyme, watermelon, wormwood, yarrow, ylang ylang, yuzu peel.

Farnesene

Wellness Benefits: anti-fungal, anti-microbal, gastroprotective.

Will Boil Away at: α-Farnesene at 503°F,  β-Farnesene at 523.4°F

Flavors: Herbal, green, woody, vegetable, floral.

Other Sources: Green apples, ginger, basil, bergamot, turmeric, ginger, olives, chamomile, mandarin oranges.

Camphor

Wellness Benefits:  immune bolstering, anti-viral, anti-microbial

Will Boil Away at408 F

Flavors: Camphoraceous. Medicinal. Terpenic. Mentholic.

Other Sources: Camphor. Rosemary

Valencene

Wellness Benefits: Anti-viral, anti-microbial

Will Boil Away at525.2°F

Other Sources: blood orange, Origanum floribundum Munby, cedarwood oil, cocoa, grapefruit, labdanum oil, limes, mandarins, orange, sage, tagete, thyme, tansy oil.

Flavors: fruity, citrus, juicy, orange, woody.

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