Welcome back to #TerpeneTuesday!
Have you ever heard of α-Phellandrene? Cause wow this terpene is impressive!
α-Phellandrene can be found in a slew of common plants including (but most certainly not limited to!): Eucalyptus, cinnamon, black pepper, water fennel, ginger grass, lavender, mint, dill, parsley, and pine.
Because it can be found so easily, there have been many studies proving its benefits.
We’ll start with α-Phellandrenes anticancer properties. Not only has α-Phellandrene been reported to induce necrosis of human liver tissue (death of the liver cancer cells) but it’s also been reported to increase the presence of macrophages and natural killer cells that can naturally kill off leukemia cells before they multiply.
Moving on to α-Phellandrenes antibacterial benefits, several studies have shown phellandrene kills both gram positive and gram negative bacterial cultures. It’s also commonly used in Chinese medicine to give relief to overly tired patients lacking the energy to accomplish ordinary tasks.
Used as an expectorant and fungicidal, α-Phellandrenes reduces phlegm, treats coughs and helps rid the body of fungal infections.
Finally, α-Phellandrenes has shown promising results when used as an insecticidal for adult German Cockroaches (ew!)