What is a Terpene?

Terpenes are therapeutic compounds found in all plants. Terpenes have many qualities that may help with insomnia, stress, and anxiety. They often have a strong odor and may protect the plants that produce them by deterring herbivores.

Essential oils are oils extracted from plants. When these oils are extracted the terpenes come with it. More than 200 terpenes have been discovered. With a wide variety of therapeutic effects terpenes can help the body destroy bacteria, detoxify, relax and more.

Listed below are some of the more popular terpenes along with the essential oils they are found in.

B-Caryophyllene. Defends against free radicals, relieves insomnia, eases nerve pain and reduces inflammation. It’s one of the several terpenes that directly impact the endocannabinoid system. In fact, Garden of Life has put essential oils in its THC-Free CBD, so that there can be an entourage effects of the terpenes from the essential oils and the terpenes from the CBD. Entourage effects means that the effects of the whole product is greater than its parts. Found in: Cinnamon, Cloves and Peppercorns.

B-Mycrene. Supports better sleep and reduces muscle tension and pain. May also help with depression and inflammation. Found in: Mango, Thyme, and Lemongrass

Linlool. Eases anxiety symptoms and reduces inflammation. Also has antioxidant qualities and may help with sleep and stress relief. Found in Lavender and Mint.

Humulene. It eases asthma symptoms, helps memory and destroys bacteria. It may also increase focus. Found in: Coriander and Clove.

Limonene. Helps with depression, anxiety, heartburn relief, and defense against free radicals. It may also increase focus. Found in: Peels of Citrus Fruits, Rosemary, and Mint.

Eucalyptol. Detoxifies and helps relieve inflammation and pain. It also has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Found in: Eucalyptus and Tea Tree.

Terpineol. Acts as a sedative, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Found in: Lime and Lilac.

Geraniol. Helps relieve spasms, destroy bacteria and fight free radicals. Found in Geranium and Lemon.

Source: Surterra Wellness


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