Well hello there! Welcome back to #TerpeneTuesday with Nature’s Care!
Today we’re exploring the wonderful world of Guaiol.
Said to have a woody, pine-like fragrance with rose undertones, Guaiol has quite a lengthy history as a natural medicine. The guaicum plant has quite the variety of uses too. It has been used for centuries as a treatment for diverse ailments ranging from coughs to constipation to arthritis. After the Spanish discovered Santo Domingo in the 14th century, they brought the guaiacum plant, known to contain higher concentrations of Guaiol, back to Europe. There, the guaicum plant developed quite the reputation as a cure for syphilis.
In the 18th century, guaiacum was suggested to stimulate menstruation and was even used as an abortifacient! Other notes outline guaicums ability to act as a local stimulant that may help in the treatment of a sore throat, gout, and rheumatism.
More recent research conducted in 2007 studied Guaiol’s antimicrobial effects against bacteria and fungi. Their research was a success and their results showed that Guaiol did indeed display activity against various bacterial strains. In order to learn more, scientists studied this terpene again in 2013 and discovered that it can also be used as a natural insecticide – particularly against aphids.
We were able to find a few studies around this terpene that had some pretty interesting results.. Take a look and let us know what you think!
Curious about how you can find strains that might have an abundance of this terpene? Look for strains of the Gorilla, Berry, and Diesel varieties and pay mind that this terpenoid has been found in higher levels in indica strains than in sativa.