Terpene Isolates 101: Nerol
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 anti-inflammatory and floral-scented terpene isolate known as Nerol.
Nerol Terpene Isolate
Nerol is an isomer of Citral. Citral can be broken down into two main isomers: Geraniol and Nerol, both of which we’ve made terpene profiles for. They act a lot alike, except Nerol terpenes are sweeter, though more subtly scented than Geranial terpenes.
Nerol is commonly used in the fragrance industry for its key role in the smell of roses. When extracted and isolated, it takes on a rosy yet citrusy aroma and makes its way into many soaps, antiperspirants, lotions, fabric softeners, and surface disinfectants.
Nerol can also be found in many food additives as its antibacterial nature makes it a good addition to many preservatives and cosmetic skin treatments for acne and minor contusions. It’s most commonly used with other terpenes to create artificial raspberry and red apple flavors thanks to its enticing fresh-fruit flavor and light, floral aroma. However, it’s also added sparingly to many citrus-flavored soft drinks.
While it isn’t found in huge amounts in cannabis plants, it can be found in hops, catnip, and lemongrass which are all similar to cannabis in a number of different ways.
Benefits of Nerol Terpenes
Nerol hasn’t been studied as extensively as many other terpenes and essential oils, mostly because it’s pretty stable for topical use and ingestion. While a few different effects and health benefits have been identified, further study is still needed to solidify the findings. Always talk to your doctor before beginning any dietary supplement, including one with Nerol terpenes.
With that being said, there are a few things about Nerol terpenes that we do have concrete evidence for. For starters, Nerol, like many other aldehyde terpenes, is naturally antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. It also promotes a gentle sedative effect and offers some minor pain relief.
Its antibacterial properties make Nerol a great addition to topical products as it kills bacteria that can cause acne breakouts and help keep open wounds clean. It is believed that the antifungal activity of lemongrass essential oil can be attributed to the presence of Nerol terpenes along with Geraniol terpenes. However, its antibacterial properties work in foods too. a 2016 study tested the antimicrobial activity of Nerol against food-borne bacteria and found that Nerol was effective at killing them.
Nerol is also a potent anti-inflammatory, like most terpenes. In a 2014 in vitro study, 20 different essential oils were studied and found that lemongrass oil (containing 50% Nerol terpenes) was the most effective at reducing inflammation and allergic responses to certain allergens. These findings show Nerol as a potential aid in inflammatory medications and antihistamines.
Last but not least, a dose of Nerol terpenes was found to be good at reducing inflammation and allergen-induced spasms in the muscles. It could also relieve digestive upsets like cramps, helping to reduce pain.
All in all, for being a part of a bigger terpene, Nerol plays a big role in the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of citral terpenes and are quite useful on their own.
Natural sources of Nerol Terpenes
Nerol can be found anywhere Citral terpenes are found. However, Nerol is most commonly found in lemongrass, lemon myrtle, hops, catnip, petitgrain, lemon verbena, lemon tea tree, and Melissa. It is also found in smaller concentrations in lime, lemon, and orange. It can be found in cannabis strains that contain lots of citral terpenes, pinene terpenes, or valencene terpenes, such as Chemdawg, Island Sweet Skunk, and Skywalker OG.
TLDR; Nerol Terpenes
Reduces cramps or muscle spasms
Common Uses of Nerol Terpenes
Whether through your flowers or citrus fruits or through a diffuser, Nerol isolate smells and tastes great and works wonders within your body.
Nerol terpenes can be safely added to all sorts of products to kill bacteria, reduce inflammation, and reduce muscle spasms. 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 Nerol terpenes to foods and beverages to enjoy the antioxidant and antibacterial properties within the whole body. A dash of water-soluble Nerol Terpenes in your favorite foods or beverages adds a floral citrus flavor that can help inflammation.
Add Nerol terpenes to essential oil diffusers and aromatherapy infusions to kill airborne bacteria and fungal spores and improve indoor air quality. The floral aroma is also great for promoting calm and relaxation and helping you get to sleep.
Add Nerol terpenes to cannabis concentrates and hemp oils made from strains with higher Pinene terpene content, such as Jack Herer, Blue Dream, and Black Lime Reserve. Nerol 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 Nerol 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.