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What Are Terpenes

Our Terpenes

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are organic compounds that are produced by a variety of plants. You encounter terpenes everyday.

When you zest an orange or open a container full of herbs, terpenes are what you smell.

Terpenes are what give flowers, herbs, and fruit their own unique scent and flavor. They are aromatic compounds that when inhaled, applied to the skin, or consumed, they enhance our experience and greatly influence flavors and aromas.

What are they used for?

Terpenes are usually added to products such as food, beverages, marinades, extracts to improve their scent or flavor as well as offer added benefits the terpenes provide.

They are also used in the development of cosmetic products, organic gardening products, household cleaners, natural medicines, and perfumes.

How Do I Use Terpenes?

A Little At A Time!

A little bit goes a long way. Terpenes can be added to aromatherapy blends, diffusers, lotions, edibles, tinctures, cocktails, homemade cleaners, bug repellents, plant extracts, and generally used as you might an essential oil.

Undiluted Terpenes are POTENT!

They should never be consumed, inhaled or applied to the skin as is.

The dilution can vary depending on the isolated terpene, blend or flavor, desired outcome, personal experience, and preferences, but as a rule of thumb, stay within 1-5% concentration by volume.

Terpenes must be handled carefully. Always use the Safety Data Sheets before using the terpenes. These sheets containt everything you need to know including protective equipment, hazardous and preventative instructions.

What Are the most common Terpenes?

and what kind of benefits do they offer?

Below are some of the most common Terpenes, where they derive from and what added benefits they can offer.

(PNE) Alpha-Pinene

Aroma: Pine

Also Found in: Pine Needles, Rosemary, Basil, Parsley, Dill

Potential Effects: Alertness, Memory Retention, Counteracts some THC effects

Potential Medical Value: Treatment of Asthma, Pain, Inflammation, Ulcers, Anxiety, Cancer

Terpene a-Pinene Photo by Osman Rana on Unsplash

Terpene Ocimene Photo by Eleanor Chen on Unsplash

(OCM) Ocimene

Aroma: Sweet, Herbal, and Woody

Also Found in: Mint, Parsley, Pepper, Basil, Mangoes, Orchids, Kumquats

Potential Medical Value: Antiviral, Anti-fungal, Antiseptic, Decongestant, Antibacterial

(LME) Limonene

Aroma: Citrus

Also Found in: Fruit Rinds, Rosemary, Juniper, Peppermint

Potential Effects: Elevated Mood, Stress Relief

Potential Medical Value: Treatment of Anxiety, Depression, Inflammation, Pain, and Cancer

Terpene Limonene Photo by Glen Carrie on Unsplash

Terpene Beta-Caryophyllene Photo by Erwan Hesry on Unsplash

(CYE) Beta-Caryophyllene

Aroma: Pepper, Spicy, Woody, Cloves

Also Found in: Black Pepper, Cloves, Cinnamon

Potential Effects: Stress Relief

Potential Medical Value: Treatment of Pain, Anxiety/Depression, Ulcers

(LNL) Linalool

Aroma: Floral

Also Found in: Lavender

Potential Effects: Mood enhancement, sedation

Potential Medical Value: Treatment of Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Pain, Inflammation, and Neurodegenerative Disease

Terpene Linalool Photo by viet vang on Unsplash

Terpene Humulene Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

(HUM) Humulene

Aroma: Hops, Woody, Earthy

Also Found in: Hops, Coriander, Cloves, Basil

Potential Medical Value: Anti-Inflammatory

(MYR) Myrcene

Aroma: Cardamom, Cloves, Musky, Earthy

Also Found in: Mango, Lemongrass, Thyme, Hops

Potential Effects: Sedating “Couchlock” Effect, Relaxing

Potential Medical Value: Antioxidant; Treatment of Insomnia, Pain, and Inflammation

Terpene Myrcene Photo by Mousum De on Unsplash

Terpene Terpinolene Photo by Lisa Hobbs on Unsplash

(TPE) Terpinolene

Aroma: Piney, Floral, and Herbal

Also Found in: Nutmeg, Tea Tree, Conifers, Apples, Cumin, and Lilacs

Potential Effects: Relaxing

Potential Medical Value: Antioxidant, Sedative, Antibacterial, Anti-Fungal, Anti-Cancer

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