Love that cooling, refreshing sensation you get from eucalyptus, mint, rosemary, tea tree, and mugwort? It’s a result of the terpene eucalyptol, which is also known as cineol.
When it comes to pain relief, researchers have known for nearly 20 years that eucalyptol has the potential to fight pain by acting as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory. Since then, studies have suggested the terpene’s effectiveness in combating sinus and colon inflammation.
Research has explored many links between eucalyptol and antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.
Research shows eucalyptol’s impact against specific strains of bacteria. These include Enterobacter aerogenes, Escherichia coli, Serratia marcescens, and Staphylococcus aureus.
Resistant to many antibiotic medications, Staphylococcus aureus can contribute towards various conditions, such as impetigo, skin abscesses, wound infections, and folliculitis.
A 2012 study explored eucalyptol’s effect on mood and memory. As participants tackled mathematical problems, researches diffused rosemary essential oil into the room in different quantities. They found a positive link between the number of correct answers and higher blood levels of eucalyptol. This could be an exciting potential for many struggling with cognition and possibly Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease symptoms accumulate within the brain, caused by beta-amyloid plaque proteins. These proteins block cell-to-cell signaling at synapses. They also are believed to trigger inflammation. Researchers studied eucalyptol and its effect on brain inflammation caused by amyloid-beta plaques.
A 2011 Toxicology and Industrial Health published study gave eucalyptol to rats exposed to persistent environmental pollutants. The researchers found it helped oxidative stress within the rats.
Many also use eucalyptol for sinus, respiratory, digestive health, and insecticide purposes.
A 2002 paper published within Oncology Reports explored eucalyptol’s ability to induce apoptosis and help suppress leukemia cell growth.
Apoptosis, also known as cell death, is required for a healthy functioning body. Cells die to make room for new cells.
Some high-eucalyptol strains include Super Silver Haze, Girl Scout Cookies, Headband, and Bubba Kush.
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