Important Compounds

Important Compounds

Eucalyptol: Eucalyptol or 1-8 cineole as it is sometimes named, has been utilized in various forms as a therapeutic for centuries now. It is traditionally defined as an oxide, and has an oxygen atom atop it’s bridged structure that is the key feature that leads to its oxidative behaviors. This compound is described as an anti-inflammatory and anti-pain, it is routinely used as a cough suppression and is often found in mouthwashes for its antiseptic behavior. The unique structure inherently showcases its properties as a therapeutic because the bridged oxygen atom is a prime location for reactivity. It has been offered as a possible solution to destabilize a biological pathway that is key to Alzheimer’s disease. Its anti-inflammatory properties could prove key in the future for other processes as well. [1]

Linalool: This important compound is found routinely in essential oils at various percentages. It is most notably thought of as a soothing compound and great for promoting sleep and other calming activities. In more recent news it has been linked to a 55% reduction in an important colon cancer process via hydroxyl radical generation. [2] More exciting anti-cancer research is continuing and hopefully this compound that is found in many floral oils can prove to be a natural monoterpenol that has amazing properties.

Citronellal: This aldehyde is mainly known as a mosquito repellant, but due to its structure has been identified as another natural compound that could have miraculous effects on important human pathways. This compound could not only disrupt the chemical equilibrium of certain pathways to push them to a more favorable genetic expression, but it has been shown to change the cellular membrane morphology that could be used for future pathway targeting. [3] Exciting new research is pouring in for this specific aldehyde because of its multipurpose use and it could become a game changer in a number of medical fields.

Terpineol Acetate: As is the case with most acetates terpineol acetate (also name terpinyl acetate) is used mostly thought of as a fragrance or an aroma profile. Although little research has been done using this specific compound, it is thought that terpineol acetate can be used as a compound that can help some absorption mechanisms. This specific aroma is another floral fragrance that is a calming component to many other essential oils.

Caryophyllene: This compound has been a bit of a hot bed for interest of late due to it being a small to major component in some cannabinoids. This component binds to a receptor that has almost all of the therapeutic effects that are desired of cannabinoids. Because of this binding and its prevalence in many essential oils this sesquiterpene has become a hot topic in understanding the synergistic effects of essential oils and blending of essential oils.

Limonene This monoterpene has a number of great properties that are regularly reported by consumers. One of the most important aspects of limonene are an increased elevated mood, and can also help with stress relief. Another interesting aspect of this compound is the amazing ability to help the digestive tract. It can help relieve heartburn and gastric reflux. It also has the added benefit of improving absorption of other terpenes via skin or the digestive tract. Limonene is extremely versatile and abundant in many essential oils.

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[1] Islam, Fakhrul. "1,8-Cineole (Eucalyptol) Mitigates Inflammation in Amyloid Beta Toxicated PC12 Cells: Relevance to Alzheimer’s Disease." Neurochemical Research, vol. 39, no. 2, Feb. 2014, pp. 344-52.
[2] Iwasaki, Kenichi. “Anticancer Effect of Linalool via Cancer-Specific Hydroxyl Radical Generation in Human Colon Cancer.” World Journal of Gastroenterology, vol. 22, Nov. 2016.
[3] “Citronellal-induced disruption of membrane homeostasis in Candida albicans and attenuation of its virulence attributes.” Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical, vol. 49, Aug. 2016, pp 465-472.