Happy Terpene Tuesday!
Today’s Terpene: Valencene
What is Valencene found in?
Grapefruit, Tangerine, Orange, Nectarines, Mangoes, Cedar, Valencia
What does Valencene smell like?
Sweet, Citrus, Herb, Woody
What strains are pre-dominantly Valencene heavy?
Where’s My Bike, Mother of Dragons, Rainbow, Tangie, Aliens on Moonshine, Jillybean
What effects/benefits does Valencene offer?
Valencene is a unique and rare terpene that has a similar aroma to that of Limonene. This is a unique terpene that contains medicinal benefits but also acts as a powerful insecticide that specifically helps repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitos. It is utilized within pest control as well as cleaning products, cosmetics and personal care items. Valencene is also used specifically in infused Olive Oils but also other food preparations like salad dressings, etc.
Another fun and unique quality this terpene offers is its connection in the Chinese Bayberry fruit otherwise known as a Yangmei fruit tree. Which is considered a valued edible fruit tree as well as a medicinal herb. This fruit is said to reduce blood pressure and restore the malleability of blood vessels to treat diabetes. It is also believed to sweep free radicals from the body as protect the brain and nervous system such as preventing cataracts, reducing skin-aging, and relieving arthritis. The bark is also used as an astringent, to treat arsenic poisoning as well as skin disorders, wounds, or ulcers. Seeds are even used to treat cholera, heart, and stomach issues!
Valencene continues to be unique terpene that packs a powerful punch for boosting the immune system, as it operates as an adjuvant. Which means it is an immunological agent that can help improve the body’s immune response. Adjuvants are also commonly added to vaccines to promote the production of more antibodies and supply longer – lasting immunity. Valencene is also a bronchodilator which means it helps open up and widens the bronchi, so it can help alleviate asthma symptoms. It also operates as an anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and as a skin protectant that can help alleviate symptoms or issues related to allergies, inflammation, and skin irritations such as atopic dermatitis and general itching behaviors.
This terpene also has therapeutic abilities in connection to mental health and mood. Valencene is said to help clear the mind and uplift the mood. Is also said to provide mildly euphoric feelings and can help calm and focus the mind. As it is a terpene that can easily cross the blood brain barrier you receive relief faster and has the ability to help induce serotonin or happy feelings in the brain and can be extremely helpful for anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD.