Hey there! Welcome back to #TerpeneTuesday! Today we explore the world of Nerolidol.
Said to smell similar to fresh bark, citrus, waxy and slightly floral; one can expect Nerolidol to taste reminicient to fir, linoleum (what?) and pine.
Nerolidol has some amazing medicinal properties! Best known for its antiprotozoan and topical application enhancement properties, strains high in Nerolidol are popular choices for infused topical products. Nerolidol is so effective as a topical application enhancement that research showed skin absorption increase 20 fold! There was also significantly longer durations of action and took some scrubbing to wash off.
Some additional research has shown Nerolidol to be a potent malaria and leishmaniasis drug by inhibiting the growth of both!
Strangely enough, strains commonly known to have an abundance of this terpene are not the strains you’d expect to have a sedative effect on you, – but sure enough, Nerolidol can act as a sedative (in mice!).
Strains such as Island Sweet Skunk, Jack Herer, Skywalker OG, Sour Diesel, Girl Scout Cookies, Blue Dream, and Chem Dawg are all known to be high in Nerolidol, but are certainly not strains we’d recommend for sleep!
Nerolidol has great antimicrobial, antifungal, and anti-parasitic properties. Not only does it make bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics, it can also help kill parasites and acts as a natural defense against spider mites. Personally, i’m most impressed that it can fight head lice by preventing the eggs from hatching!(ew!)
Nerolidol can be found in a variety of flowers and spices, as well as various essential oils. It’s most commonly found in Neroli, an essential oil produced from the blossom of the bitter orange tree. If you can’t get your hands on Neroli oil, try ginger, jasmine, lavender, tea tree oil, citrus peels or lemongrass!