What Are Terpenes?
Terpenes are the essential oils of a plant. These undiluted oils have been extracted from flowers, herbs, leaves, grass, roots, woods, barks, spices or fruits and provide a vast array of flavours and aromas, such as pine, citrus and musk.
Benefits Of Terpenes
Terpenes play an important role in strengthening the self healing process, by indirect stimulation of the immune system - enhancing focus, stimulating the senses, improving concentration and effecting relaxation.
For thousands of years, people have used all-natural aromatherapies as medicine and wellness. Essential oils and terpenes found in plants, flowers and fruits, are used to improve the overall health of the mind, body and spirit, as they intensify both our physical and emotional health.
Terpenes used in aromatherapy are proven to help with pain, improve sleep, soothe soreness, treat headaches and migraines, reduce stress and anxiety, encourage an appetite, ease inflammation, fight bacteria, and improve digestion. Some aromatherapy users claim that terpenes can help treat or alleviate the symptoms of asthma, depression, erectile dysfunction, menopause, insomnia, fatigue, menstrual cramps, alopecia and inflammation.
Terpenes play an important role in stimulating our senses.
HOW MANY DIFFERENT TERPENES ARE THERE?
Terpenes are present in almost every plant. A handful of popular terpenes have become household names, but we’ve only scratched the surface on everything there is to learn about these beneficial, non-intoxicating plant compounds.
So far, scientists have discovered around 20,000 terpenes (approximately 20% of the Earth’s plant species), with plenty more terpenes waiting to be discovered.
If undiscovered plant species contain just as many terpenes as the identified plants, there could be as many as 100,000 terpenes in the world.
WHEN WERE TERPENES DISCOVERED?
Terpenes were first isolated and classified in the 1800s (Learn More), but human awareness of terpenes is as old as time.
Practically every plant contains terpenes. If you’ve ever:
- Smelled a sprig of lavender;
- Peeled an orange;
- Walked through a garden in full bloom;
- Crushed a pine needle; or
- Seasoned food with black pepper
You’ve smelled or tasted terpenes.