Terpene Isolates 101: Eugenol
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. In fact, adding terpenes to health and beauty products, cosmetics, vaporizers, foods and beverages, and aromatherapy infusions is a great way to add an extra boost of body-nourishing benefits to your products and make THC/CBD products more effective. This week, we're diving deeper into the antiseptic, spice-scented terpene known as Eugenol.
Eugenol terpene isolate is a common ingredient in health and beauty products, cosmetics, perfumes, and food preservatives. If you’ve ever been to a concert as a teenager, you may have tasted it in the form of a clove cigarette. However, there’s a good chance you recognize Eugenol’s unique scent and flavor from the dentist’s office since Eugenol is most often used as a local anesthetic and antiseptic for treating toothaches.
Eugenol is easily recognizable for its pleasant, clove-like aroma and earthy spicy flavor. Its unique flavor profile makes it a common addition to food flavoring agents and preservatives as well as cosmetics and skincare products. It’s most commonly found in toothpaste, mouthwash, bug sprays, and soaps. You can also find it in essential oils and a variety of plants, including bay leaves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
While trace amounts of Eugenol are found in cannabis, it isn’t a key player in a strain’s overall terpene profile. All in all, it hasn’t been studied as diligently as other more common terpenes. The studies we’re diving into below which show promising health benefits of Eugenol are mostly in animal models and human cells outside of the living body. With that in mind, always be sure to talk to your doctor before introducing or supplementing Eugenol terpenes into your diet to rule out any possible complications.
Benefits of Eugenol Terpenes
Eugenol terpenes are found in high concentrations in clove oil, which offers a whole suite of medical uses and health benefits on its own. However, many studies suggest a variety of added internal benefits and external uses. Before we jump into the body uses, we’ll start with the external uses.
Eugenol was originally used to make imitation vanilla flavoring called vanillin back in the day. When manufacturers found out they could synthesize it chemically, they stopped using Eugenol since it’s cheaper. After that, Eugenol was discovered to be a potent insect repellent that sent mosquitoes, flies, and other unwanted pests away. However, eugenol terpenes are also used by entomologists to attract one species of beetle (the cucumber beetle) and orchid bees for collection and study since they like the scent.
Like most terpenes, Eugenol can also be used externally as an air scrubber and disinfectant. Eugenol is an antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal terpene. When added to the air in a diffuser, it reduces the number of fungal spores and airborne bacteria. All the while, the scent promotes a calm, relaxing mental effect that may improve focus and act as a natural aphrodisiac in women. Since it calms the nervous system and curbs cravings, it may also be a useful stop-smoking aid. Some users say that Eugenol can help open airways and improve breathing, making it a good choice when it comes to battling the effects of pneumonia, bronchitis, colds, and flu. Just remember, dose is everything. Inhaling too much Eugenol can be toxic.
When applied topically, Eugenol terpenes are anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, making them a great addition to topical skin care products and acne medications. Eugenol can actually reduce the overall appearance of acne and may help fight against the effects of aging. When applied topically to the mouth, it acts as a local anesthetic and can numb the area, making it easy to treat toothaches and oral pain.
When taken internally, Eugenols effects really shine through. Eugenol is a potent anti-inflammatory that can help treat rheumatism and reduce pain in muscles and joints. In the same vein, studies have shown that Eugenol is an antispasmodic that can reduce the frequency and intensity of muscle spasms.
The marked inflammation reduction can also help combat things like toothaches. Eugenol is commonly added to some medications to help reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth after oral surgery. It can even help reduce mouth and tooth pain and aid in the swiftness of your recovery from oral surgery. As an anti-bacterial, it’s commonly added to toothpaste and mouthwash to help prevent tooth decay.
Most interesting is probably Eugenols effect on digestion, though. Plants that contain Eugenol have been used in holistic medicine for hundreds of years for its ability to get things moving. It can relieve constipation, decrease flatulence, restore appetite, and reduce nausea. The anti-inflammatory effects also translate to the digestive tract where it helps soothe the side effects of ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome.
When digested or inhaled, Eugenol also plays a part in reducing oxidants in the blood and reducing the effects of free radicals. It can improve your circulation, making it easier to reduce your bad cholesterol and lower your weight, ultimately lowering your risk of having a heart attack. This also helps Eugenol to boost your immune system and make it easier for you to fight infections. This coupled with the anti-inflammatory effects make Eugenol a neuroprotective, too.
All in all, Eugenol offers a ton of benefits both inside and outside of the body. Below, you’ll find a few natural sources of Eugenol so you can include it in your diet naturally.
Natural Sources of Eugenol Terpenes
Eugenol terpenes are most commonly found in earthy, spicy plants like clove, turmeric, anise, and cinnamon. However, trace amounts of Eugenol are found in a variety of plants, including hops, cannabis, and some other flowers. While cannabis is included on this list, it’s important to note that Eugenol makes up less than 0.05% of any given strain’s terpene profile. Strains that contain around this amount of Eugenol terpenes are strains that usually contain lots of Myrcene or b-Caryophyllene, such as Bubba Kush, Cannatonic, and White Widow.
TLDR; Eugenol Terpenes
Analgesic (pain reliever)
Stimulates and improves digestion
Reduces damage caused by free radicals
Reduces risk of heart attack
Boosts immune system
Calming, relaxing mental effect and increased focus
May help you quit smoking cigarettes
May prevent tooth decay
May be effective for rheumatism
May improve breathing and combat pneumonia, bronchitis, colds, and flu
May improve sexual appetite in women
Common Uses for Eugenol Terpenes
Whether through your favorite fruits and herbs or through a diffuser, Eugenol isolate smells and tastes great and works wonders within your body.
Eugenol terpenes can be safely added to all sorts of products to reduce inflammation, kill bacteria, and help with a variety of other ailments. 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 Eugenol terpenes to foods and beverages to enjoy the anti-inflammatory, pain-reducing, and antibacterial properties within the whole body. A dash of water-soluble Eugenol terpenes in your favorite foods or beverages add an earthy spiciness, yet menthol-like flavor that can help treat toothaches, treat acne, and boost your immune system.
Add Eugenoll terpenes to essential oil diffusers and aromatherapy infusions to kill airborne bacteria, viruses, microbes, and fungal spores and help you breathe easier. The earthy spice aroma is also great for promoting calm and relaxation.
Add Eugenol terpenes to cannabis concentrates and hemp oils made from strains with higher citrus/floral terpene content, such as Myrcene or b-Caryophyllene since Eugenol is often found alongside these primary terpenes. Try it in products made from strains like Remedy, Grape Ape, and Cherry Pie. Eugenol 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 Eugenol 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.