Welcome back to #TerpeneTuesday! Today we’re breaking down Pulegone!
Ever brush by a rosemary bush? You sir / madam, got to enjoy Pulegone in all of its glory!
Said to smell pepperminty and camphorous, Pulegone is used in everything from flavouring agents for candy to aromatherapy using essential oils.
We’ve touched on Ayurvedic medicine here and there on #TerpeneTuesday and rosemary is an herb that comes up time and time again.
Rosemary is phenomenal for alleviating muscle pain, improving memory, and boosting the immune and circulatory systems – this is all truly thanks to rosemary’s high Pulegone concentration.
Pulegone can be used as a sedative, expectorant, and offers some stress relief properties. If you have a cold, adding a sprig of rosemary to your soup can alleviate some congestion and help you sleep a little better!
Like many terpenes, super high concentrations of Pulegone can be toxic. Studies found that heating Pulegone makes it practically harmless unless ingested in absurdly large quantities. Same goes for many things in life – too much of anything can’t be good for you!
It gets hot and muggy in my part of the world and i’m always looking for a natural way to keep those biting bugs away from me! Turns out, Pulegone makes for a fantastic natural insecticide! In fact, of the three most powerful poisons that occur naturally in several mint species, the Pulegone-based insecticide is the strongest. Planting herbs high in Pulegone (such as rosemary, catnip, and peppermint close to your outdoor seating areas will help keep the bugs at bay!
I wasn’t able to find any documented info on what strains might contain Pulegone, but if you see a label out there with it on it – do let us know!