If you're just getting started with terpenes, odds are you're wondering how each isolate can be used. Terpene isolates can be used in hemp, CBD, and cannabis products as well as concentrates, vapes, foods, beverages, and aromatherapy infusions. This week, we're diving deeper into the citrusy, floral, and mosquito-repelling terpene isolate known as Citronellol.
Citronellol terpenes, also known as citronella, can be found in a variety of aromatherapy products, candles, and mosquito repellants. They have a distinct citrus scent with floral notes of rose and sandalwood, which makes Citronellol terpenes a popular additive to many perfumes, soaps, lotions, and cosmetics. Most interestingly, Citronellol can be broken into two stereoisomers: L-citronellol and D-citronellol. The first provides the citrus scent while the second is floral and responsible for many commercial artificial rose and lily of the valley scents.
Aside from its use in cosmetics and perfumes, Citronellol is also a popular additive to foods and beverages for its range of useful health benefits. Citronellol is a versatile terpene that can be used both topically and internally to kill bacteria, reduce inflammation, and boost your immune system. Here’s everything you need to know about Citronellol terpenes, their benefits, and where to find them.
Benefits of Citronellol Terpenes
Since many terpene isolates need further scientific evaluation to back up all of the claims made by essential oil fanatics, always be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin taking Citronellol terpenes as a supplement. While they occur in nature naturally, they may not be the most effective way to manage chronic conditions or treat the conditions listed below. With that in mind, there is quite a lot of evidence to suggest that Citronellol is useful for a variety of ailments, as per animal and human models.
First and foremost, Citronellol is an effective antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial, like most other terpenes. This property helps Citronellol to regulate bacterial infections and parasites within the body. While it's not a cure-all, it can promote optimal good-to-bad bacteria ratios in the gut and promote healthy digestion.
Citronellol is also an anti-inflammatory. Most interestingly, this property helps Citronellol speed up a few other body processes by acting as a natural diaphoretic. By promoting sweating and reducing inflammation, Citronellol makes it possible for your body to open pores and flush toxins from the body. This property also leaves the skin looking more vibrant, and allows for the reduced appearance of acne on the skin. The sweating is also good for boosting the immune system because it helps fight infections and fever.
As a common ingredient in beauty products, Citronellol also works wonders for the skin and hair. Many claims suggest that it's good for remedying dandruff and promoting strong, healthy hair growth. Most importantly, it reduces the amount of sebum you produce on your skin and scalp, helping you to look less greasy. Applied topically, it can reduce itchiness and help exfoliate dead skin cells.
Last but not least is the best-known use for Citronellol terpenes: mosquito repellants. Citronellol is one of the top ingredients in mosquito-repelling products, including citronella candles, citronella tiki torch fuel, and bug sprays. It is a fully-natural insect repellant.
Natural Sources of Citronellol Terpenes
Citronellol terpenes are most commonly found in cannabis alongside strains that contain higher concentrations of Linalool or Geraniol terpenes. Skunk genetics, including Island Sweet Skunk, Cheese, and Big Bud often contain Citronellol, though they can also be found in more floral strains like Fire OG, Special Kush, and Do Si Dos.
However, Citronellol is found more frequently in citrus and flowers than in cannabis strains. It occurs most commonly in citronella, citrus fruits, eucalyptus, catnip, and lavender. Below is a list of the top plants containing Citronellol terpenes.
TLDR; Citronella Terpenes
Reduces oil in skin and hair
Promotes digestive health
Boosts immune system
Common Uses of Citronellol Terpenes
Whether through your favorite fruits and herbs or through a diffuser, Citronellol isolate smells and tastes great and works wonders within your body.
Citronellol terpenes can be safely added to all sorts of products to reduce inflammation and help treat stomach issues as well as a host of other potential health benefits. It can safely be eaten, drank, infused, and inhaled with a little bit of mixing. It can also be used to improve cannabis products like vapes and concentrates that may have lost cannabinoid potency or terpene content during extraction.
Add Citronellol terpenes to foods and beverages to enjoy the anti-inflammatory, insect repelling, and hair and skin-nourishing properties within the whole body. A dash of water-soluble Citronellol terpenes in your favorite foods or beverages add a sweet and tart citrus flavor that can help you de-stress and unwind, soothe head and stomach aches, and help you get to sleep.
Add Citronellol terpenes to essential oil diffusers and aromatherapy infusions to enjoy a bright citrus and delicately floral scent similar to citronella candles that can help you relax and unwind. It can even help to kill airborne bacteria, viruses, microbes, and fungal spores from the air.
Add Citronellol terpenes to cannabis concentrates and hemp oils made from strains with higher citrus/floral terpene content, such as Geraniol or Linalool since Citronellol is often found alongside these primary terpenes. Try it in products made from strains like Afghan Kush, Amnesia Haze, and Lemon Skunk. Citronellol terpenes can make them smell and taste better and boost the potency of THC/CBD effects.
Just keep in mind that not all terpenes are created equal. Different terpenes will always have different effects, but they're not all made the same. We know you have a choice when it comes to terpene providers, but no other choice comes close to our level of quality.
At Peak Supply Co, our Citronellol terpene isolates are extracted from all-natural food-grade fruit, flower, and nut oils in our state-of-the-art facility. With our proprietary extraction and refinement method, we remove plant materials and any leftover impurities, leaving behind the purest terpene isolates on the market. Best of all, we even offer sample packs so you can try them all.