Terpene Isolates 101: Nerolidol
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 dreamily relaxing and woody-citrus flavored terpene isolate known as Nerolidol.
Nerolidol terpene isolate is a woody, citrusy flavored terpene with a delicate floral scent that is known for a variety of therapeutic benefits to the body. It isn’t found in high concentrations in cannabis strains, but it still offers a lot in terms of pest control and physical and mental effects within the body. Studies have shown that Nerolidol is useful as a gentle sedative, though it may also provide non-intoxicating anxiety relief.
The flavor profile is both sweet and citrusy and slightly bitter, making it desirable for many flavoring agents in foods. At the same time, the scent is very floral and reminiscent of violets and jasmine making it also sought upon for cosmetics and fragrances. Most interestingly, Nerolidol terpenes have shown to be helpful by making it easier for skin cells to absorb vitamins and cannabinoids found in topical products like salves and lotions.
Nerolidol terpenes are most commonly found in eucalyptus, jasmine, ginger, and lemongrass. They are released as a natural defense against insects and have exhibited antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties. You can usually find Nerolidol terpenes in plants that contain higher levels of Linalool or Humulene.
Below, you’ll learn everything we know about the health benefits of Nerolidol terpenes with sourced links to scientific study. As always, before starting any dietary supplement or health regimen, even with terpenes, you should always talk to your doctor to rule out any possible complications from adding Nerolidol terpenes to your products.
Benefits of Nerolidol
Nerolidol terpenes offer a variety of benefits, though it’s most explored benefit is its ability to kill bacteria, fungi, parasites, head lice, spider mites, and more. In a lab study with both mice and cell cultures, Nerolidol terpenes showed to inhibit the growth of parasites. These findings have encouraged research into Nerolidol as a possible treatment for Leishmaniasis, which is a parasitic infection that affects over 14 million people.
In a similar study, Nerolidol terpenes were able to reduce lesions of the skin caused by fungal infection from Microsporum gypseum. Like most terpenes, Nerolidol has a natural affinity for killing or damaging certain fungi, bacteria, viruses, and microbes. Nerolidol also showed to destroy bacterial pathogens by permeating the cell walls of the bacteria, making it easier for antibiotics to kill them.
Nerolidol is also a potent insecticide. It can limit head lice infestations by preventing eggs from hatching and causing gut disruption in larvae, nymphs, and adult lice. In a similar study, Nerolidol terpenes were used to repel spider mites from plants. Commonly found in eucalyptus and citronella, Nerolidol is also a good mosquito repellant. While it kills and repels a lot of things, it’s still deemed safe for people to inhale and ingest.
Traditionally, plants containing the aromatic Nerolidol terpenes have been used for rest and relaxation. In lab studies with mice, Nerolidol terpenes showed to have a sedative effect on mice. The study took a look at the effects of Nerolidol on the central nervous system and concluded that Nerolidol terpenes also exert anti-anxiety effects without altering motor skills or causing intoxication. In a similar study with mice, Nerolidol exhibited neuroprotective and antioxidant properties comparable to Vitamin C.
Nerolidol has also shown to be helpful with topical products by making the skin more permeable and accepting of transdermal drugs. One study showed that terpenes like Nerolidol improve skin cell permeability and enhance the effects of drugs through better absorption rates.
Last but not least is Nerolidol’s interaction with malaria. In a mouse model, Nerolidol was delivered orally and through inhalation. In both trials, the levels of malaria-causing parasites were inhibited by 80-100% until two weeks after the initial infection. After 30 days, mice that were treated saw a 90% survival rate while non-treated mice only saw a 16% survival rate. All in all, Nerolidol’s anti-parasitic effects make it a promising preventative for malaria, which is caused by a parasitic infection.
Natural Sources of Nerolidol
Nerolidol is more uncommon in cannabis than it is in other edible plants, though it can be found small concentrations in cannabis strains like Sour Diesel, Girl Scout Cookies, Blue Dream and Chem Dawg.
Nerolidol is most often produced by edible plants to help deter predators and insects from eating the fruits, flowers, and stems. You can find it in the essential oils of many plants like tea tree, lavender, and eucalyptus. It can also be found in bitter melon, citrus, cucumbers, apples, ginger, asparagus, and lemongrass, making Nerolidol terpenes a popular food additive.
As a very floral scented terpene, it’s also commonly found in flowers like violets, jasmine, and Japanese honeysuckle. In these plants, Nerodiol is released after an insect attack to repel the insects from further damaging the plant. However, the sweet floral scent is highly sought after for the cosmetic and perfume industries.
TLDR; Nerolidol Terpene Benefits
Improves skin penetration of topicals
Kills spider mite eggs
Kills head lice eggs
May help treat malaria
Common Uses for Nerolidol Terpene Isolate
Whether through your favorite fruits and herbs or through a diffuser, Nerolidol isolate smells and tastes great and works wonders within your body.
Nerolidol terpenes can be safely added to all sorts of products to encourage relaxation and sleep as well as a host of 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 Nerolidol terpenes to foods and beverages to enjoy the anti-parasitic and mood-improving properties within the whole body. A few drops in your evening tea tastes earthy, woody, and citrusy and can help you get to sleep fast with potent anti-anxiety and antioxidant effects.
Add Nerolidol terpenes to essential oil diffusers and aromatherapy infusions to enjoy a delicate floral scent that promotes long-lasting relaxation, repels mosquitos, and kills airborne bacteria and fungal spores.
Add Nerolidol terpenes to concentrates and hemp oils made from strains with higher Nerolidol content like Island Sweet Skunk, Jack Herer, and Skywalker OG. Nerolidol terpenes can make them smell and taste better and boost the potency of THC/CBD effects.
You can even add Nerolidol terpenes to your favorite topical products, lotions, balms, and salves since Nerolidol may improve skin penetration, making it easier for your skin to absorb vitamins and cannabinoids.
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 Nerolidol 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.