Camphor is principally derived from the camphor tree, and is readily absorbed through the skin. When applied topically, it produces a cooling sensation similar to menthol, and acts as a local anesthetic and an antimicrobial substance.
Isopulegol is a chemical precursor to menthol and has been the subject of therapeutic research for decades. It has powerful gastroprotective effects, and reduces the severity of seizures in animal models. It can be found naturally in the European pennyroyal.
Linalool (β-linalool, linalyl alcohol, linalyl oxide, allo-ocimenal), a floral, citrusy, sometimes candy-like terpenoid, is a huge help to anxiety and sedation. Its aromas and commonality means it shows up in as much as 80% of all fragranced products. It occurs naturally in lavender, bay laurel, basil, mint, cinnamon, birch, citrus fruits, birch trees, coriander and […]
Eucalyptol is a spicy, minty, earthy terpenoid. It has been shown to possess antifungal effects, assist in decongesting the sinuses and even has use as a memory enhancer. In cannabis, it appears more frequently in indicas than sativas. It can be found in the oils of eucalyptus plants, tea leaves, wormwood, basil and bay laurel.
Limonene (D-limonene, L-limonene or a combination of those two, Dipentene), a citrusy terpene that smells of oranges and lemons, with hints of a woody fragrance, commonly produces an elevated mood and assists with stress relief, though may cause skin irritation if applied topically. Limonene is often described as having an energizing effect, once occurring more […]
Ocimene (α-ocimene, Cis-β-ocimene, Trans-β-ocimene) has a sweet, herbal and woodsy odor and is frequently used in perfumes for its pleasant scent. It can be found naturally in a wide range of fruits and plants, including basil, mint, parsley, pepper, mangoes, orchids and kumquats. Ocimene in particular has been shown to assist with bacterial infections, as […]
Terpinene (α-terpinene, β-terpinene, γ-terpinene) has a fresh, piney, floral and herbal aroma and flavor, and is used in both the cosmetic and food industries. It occurs naturally in nutmeg, coriander, tea trees, conifers, apples, cumin, marjoram, cardamom and lilacs, and is sometimes used in soaps, perfumes and lotions. Terpinene in particular has been shown to […]
Carene (Δ3-carene) has a sweet, woody, piney odor, and is a main constituent of pine and cedar resin. It’s been used in the past to dry out excess body fluids, such as tears, mucus and sweat. It can also be found in rosemary.
Myrcene (α-myrcene, β-myrcene), a terpene with a fresh, earthy, herbal scent with notes of citrus and tropical fruit, usually produces sedating, relaxing effects when consumed. It is a monoterpene that ties with pinene as the most common terpene found in cannabis, depending on the strain, and can be found in up to 70% concentrations in […]
Sabinene has a spicy, oak and black pepper scent. It can be found naturally in black pepper, carrot seeds, tea trees and nutmeg. It has been shown to benefit liver function and digestion, as well as arthritis, skin disorders, acne, dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema.