PHELLANDRENE: WHERE DOES IT COME FROM AND HOW DO WE USE IT?
Phellandrene has a minty aroma with a hint of citrus and pepper. It has been used for centuries as an anti-fungal. It has also been known to help in healing digestive issues for those with constantly upset stomach due to gastroenteritis, acid reflux, ulcers and more.
Most typically found in eucalyptus, it is loved by the fragrance industry. Quite often, this terpene is also used by the cosmetics industry as well.
WHICH PLANTS CONTAIN PHELLANDRENE
Phellandrene is found in these plants, to name a few:
- Ceylon Cinnamon
- Black Pepper
- Corn Parsley
- Water Fennel
- Canada Balsam
- Ginger Grass
- Grand Fir
Phellandrene has been used for centuries as an antifungal. It has also been known to help in healing digestive issues for those with constantly upset stomach due to gastroenteritis, acid reflux, ulcers and more.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF PHELLANDRENE?
Phellandrene is the topic of many experiments right now that are focused on antifungal properties and antibacterial properties of this terpene. Scientists believe that it has much potential for use as a topical treatment for these purposes. So far, it is found to work best with used with other terpenes for synergistic effects.
In Chinese medicine, herbs with this terpene are often used to treat a lack of energy and to reduce phlegm. In one recent study, In Vivo showed that Phellandrene was able to promote anti-cancer cells in the body.
Anticancer research seems to indicate that Phellandrene could cause systematic cell death of leukemia cells. This terpene could very well lead to a breakthrough in cancer research and as such, is garnering a lot of recent attention.
In Chinese medicine, herbs with Phellandrene are often used to treat a lack of energy and to reduce phlegm. In one recent study, In Vivo showed that Phellandrene was able to promote anti-cancer cells in the body.
So far, research has shown that Phellandrene is an anticancer agent, an antibacterial agent, a cough and phlegm expectorant, a fungicide, and an insecticide.
So many of the terpenes give us high hopes for the future of cancer research and this is why they are getting so much well-deserved attention right now. While cancer and antifungal properties are at the center of the questions right now that scientists hope to answer, there will likely be new things learned about each terpene and terpenoid in due time. Eastern Chinese herbologists seemed to know and understand so much that our Western medicine is just now beginning to know and understand. We’ve barely scraped the surface. In fact, many researchers believe that we’ve only learned about 1% of all there is to know about medical marijuana uses so far.
Now that medical marijuana is gaining speed and legal in at least 8 states so far, the research fields have opened up again, wide open and at top speed. Universities and private research facilities are pouring billions of dollars into funding the research that will bring us the answers that we seek.