Back again with another #TerpeneTuesday! Welcome!
Today, per the Nature’s Care Patient Community vote, we are learning about Eucalyptol!
Known commonly as Cineole, Eucalyptol is the primary terpene found in eucalyptus.
Eucalyptol can be applied topically or consumed orally but like all chemicals, Eucalyptol is lethal if consumed in high enough concentrations.
Used in everything from toothpaste to cough drops, Eucalyptol is a popular flavouring agent and an effective insecticide.
Also popular for use in aromatherapy, Eucalyptol can be found in cosmetics, lotions, essential oil blends and balms.
In addition to its spicy, cool, minty scent and taste, Eucalyptol shows a long history of medicinal benefits.
Due to its potential to enhance memory and learning, Cineole has been used during memory testing to see what effects might catalyse. In 2012, 22 participants were exposed to rosemary essential oil (which contains Cineole). The results were positive across the board – participants exposed to the essential oil answered more questions correctly!
Memory studies are pivotal to the success of treatment for diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Terpenes are small enough that they can pass the blood / brain barrier easily making it possible to induce direct effects upon the brain.
Studies have shown Cineole can decrease inflammation caused by amyloid beta plaques, the proteins that block cell-to-cell signaling at synapses, causing memory loss in those that suffer from Alzheimer’s.
Not only is Eucalyptol good for your brain, it also acts as a solid antioxidant and anticancer solution!
Proven to eliminate oxidative stress within rats in a time-dependent manner in 2011, Cineole may offer human advanced antioxidant benefits given the right method of application.
Leukemia watch out! In 2002, Oncology Reports detailed an investigation in which Cineole was administered to human leukemia cell lines. Results were just as you might expect them to be – Cineole suppressed the growth and induced apoptosis (death of a cell due to its natural growth course)
If all of that isn’t enough to leave you impressed with Eucalyptol, we’ll leave you with one last thing…
A paper published in 2012 by the Journal of Asthma showed that Eucalyptol can reduce labored breathing in asthma patients.
If you’re prone to asthma attacks, you might want to look into keeping a small vial of Eucalyptol with you!