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. 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 antibacterial and wood-scented terpene isolate known as Nerolidol.
Nerolidol terpene isolate
Nerolidol is a sesquiterpene found in a variety of essential oils of flowers, including lavender, jasmine, and Mexican orchids. Its scent is described as both floral and woody with mellow citrus undertones, making it a popular addition for many cosmetics, perfumes, soaps, detergents, and lotions. Nerolidol is also often found in products (like scented moisturizers) that contain nerolidol-rich essential oils such as tea tree oil or orange blossom (neroli) oil.
Nerolidol may also be referred to as peruviol or penetrol, and is made up of two isomers: cis-nerolidol and trans-nerolidol. The only difference between these isomers is their atom structures, meaning that nerolidol is the all-encompassing form. You’ve most likely experienced this terpene while cooking or baking with ginger. In fact, nerolidol is used in the food industry as a flavoring ingredient that can improve the scents and flavors of candies and chewing gum among other things.
Nerolidol, like many other terpenes, offers a range of therapeutic effects, including sedation and reducing anxiety. Evidence suggests that this terpene can be used as a natural sleep aid. It also offers antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic effects. All in all, Nerolidol displays a range of potential health benefits and usefulness as a scent and flavor-improving agent as a naturally occurring cannabis terpene. Here’s everything you need to know:
Benefits of Nerolidol terpenes
Nerolidol terpenes offer a variety of health benefits and have been tested in a handful of studies where they demonstrate their effects. However, further study is still needed to fully solidify the findings. While terpenes occur naturally in all plants, always be sure to consult your doctor before adding nerolidol terpenes to your daily supplements to rule out any possible complications.
With that out of the way, we’ll dive right in. Nerolidol, like most terpenes, displays antibacterial, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. It makes a variety of bacteria and microbes more susceptible to antibiotics and can help them die naturally in a more timely fashion. It also has the potential to act as an antifungal, as found by a study conducted on guinea pigs. Most interestingly however are its ability to act as an anti-parasite by killing head lice, spider mites, and some other parasites.
However, its anti-parasite effect works internally, too. When taken internally, Nerolidol has shown its ability to help treat malaria when taken with other drugs. The same effect translates to visceral, cutaneous, and mucocutaneous Leishmaniasis, which is a disease spread by phlebotomine sandflies.
When taken internally, Nerolidol terpenes also offer an anti-inflammatory effect. While most terpenes display this effect to some degree, Nerolidol tends to be on the marginally more effective side of things. This anti-inflammatory effect also leads to an antioxidant effect where nerolidol protected against oxidative stress. These effects make Nerolidol a good option for further research into Parkinson’s disease.
Studies have shown that Nerolidol terpenes can also encourage cancer cells to complete apoptosis, or programmed cell death, making them a popular addition to many anti-cancer supplements and medications. A 2017 study demonstrated how cis-nerolidol arrested cell growth and induced cell death in human liver cancer. In the same vein, it improves the absorption rate of topical drugs by encouraging the skin to be more susceptible (or penetrable) to the drugs.
The most common studies on Nerolidol involve its mental effects though. Nerolidol has a sedative effect on mice, making it a popular addition to anti-anxiety drugs and supplements as well as many sleep aids. It has a blissful tranquilizing effect in both mice and humans.
All in all, Nerolidol offers a ton of benefits to the mind and body.
Natural sources of Nerolidol terpenes
Nerolidol terpenes are found in a variety of cannabis strains including Jack Herer, Blue Dream, and Black Lime Reserve where it promotes a sedative, tranquilizing effect and a fresh tree bark aroma. It can also be found in high concentrations in Citronella, ginger, jasmine, lavender, lemongrass, neroli, orange, and tea tree oil. Below you can find a variety of plants that contain nerolidol terpenes
TLDR: Nerolidol terpenes
Enhances the penetration of topical products through the skin
Common uses of Nerolidol terpenes
Whether through tree bark, your favorite citrus fruits 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 kill bacteria, encourage sleep, and reduce anxiety. 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 antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties within the whole body. A dash of Nerolidol Terpenes in your favorite foods or beverages adds a floral, woody citrus flavor that can help fight inflammation and promote a sense of generous calm.
Add Nerolidol terpenes to essential oil diffusers and aromatherapy infusions to kill airborne bacteria and fungal spores and improve indoor air quality. The earthy wooden and citrus aroma is also great for reducing anxiety and relaxation and helping you get to sleep.
Add Nerolidol terpenes to cannabis concentrates and hemp oils made from strains with higher Pinene terpene content, such as Island Sweet Skunk, Skywalker OG, and Chemdawg. Nerolidol 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 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.