Happy Terpene Tuesday!
Today’s Terpene: Geraniol
What is Geraniol found in?
Rose Oil, Lemongrass, Lemons, Peaches, Carrots, Coriander, Blueberries, and Honey Bees: They produce it through their scent glands as a marker for nectar bearing fruit and also to defend against potentially dangerous colonies from creating a hive or taking over a pollination site.
What does Geraniol smell like?
Sweet, Rose, Citrus, Floral
What strains are pre-dominantly Geraniol heavy?
Amnesia Haze, Harlequin, Strawberry Diesel, Agent Orange, Tahoe OG, Purple Punch, Dutch Hawaiian, Kimbo Kush
What effects/benefits does Geraniol offer?
Derived from Geranium Plant, Geraniol is a rare terpene that isn’t the easiest to find! It is most recognizable by its predominant smell of roses. Geraniol is a major player in the fragrance industry- perfumes, colognes, lotions, candles, etc. and it is also a popular food additive in pastries and desserts and is considered a natural flavoring agent for ice cream and candy. This terpene also has the unique ability to be found in bees yet act as a repellant for mosquitos and other insects, and just like the terpene from last week: Camphene, Geraniol is a common ingredient in citronella that naturally helps repel bugs. Since this terpene is so rare a good rule of thumb is to find strains that have higher percentages of Linalool as this usually correlates to a percentage of Geraniol.
Another unique benefit of Geraniol is its ability to enhance the absorption of cannabinoids when used within cannabis topicals. This makes Geraniol very helpful to remedying and relieving pain. Geraniol has neuroprotectant properties as it helps preserve the function and structure of nerve cells. Specifically relating to those that suffer from neuropathy pain related to diabetes which causes numbness, pain, and weakness in the limbs. In relativity to diabetes and hyperglycemia there has been research done on Geraniol’s ability to mitigate and manage related symptoms. Including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and atherosclerosis – a condition that causes the formation of plaque on the arteries.
Geraniol has therapeutic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties. Overall this terpene can be used as a treatment for a variety of symptoms and conditions from the common cold to inflammatory diseases and disorders. Helpful to aid in cold and flu symptoms and can be helpful in cancer treatment as it has tumor reduction properties. Specifically inhibiting the growth of colon cancer cells and the proliferation of MCF-7 breast cancer cells. There has also been research on Geraniol’s ability to generally inhibit cancer from spreading.