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Terpineol, unlike other most other terpenes, is actually a group of four monoterpene alcohol isomers. The most common of these is a-terpineol, which is the one you’ll find in your favorite piney cannabis strains.
Terpineol is commonly found in strains that are high in pinene, which can make terpineol hard to detect because the two terpenes are so similar. Terpineol makes its own mark on the world, though, and is often used in soaps, lotions, perfumes and even teas.
In traditional European medicine, the terpineol-rich lime blossom plant was used to treat coughs, colds and flus. In recent years, animal studies have shown that terpineol has great possibility for use as a pain reliever. Other studies have suggested that terpineol has potential anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-tumor qualities.
Experiment with some of these terpineol-rich ingredients:
Lilac, known for its relaxing qualities, is rich in terpineol. Add a few drops of lilac oil to a warm bath or try a lilac scented lotion before bed to encourage a more restful sleep.
Linden blossom oil, packed with terpineol, is used in aromatherapy to help calm nervous energy and reduce stress. Add a few drops of linden blossom oil to your diffuser to create a spa-like environment perfect for working from home.
Terpineol is a key component in the distinctive aroma of lapsang souchong tea. Enjoy a hot cup of this ancient black tea the next time you’re feeling under the weather to help soothe your symptoms and comfort your soul.
Terpenes are natural compounds that are found in plants and insects. More than 200 terpenes have been identified in the cannabis plant. With a wide variety of therapeutic effects, terpenes can help the body destroy bacteria, detoxify, relax and more.