How is it Tuesday already? How are we nearing the end of JUNE?!
No matter – WELCOME BACK to #TerpeneTuesday!
Today we’re going to learn about Sabinene –
Found in herbs, plants and spices such as black pepper, basil, Norway spruce, and Marjoram, an herb spice well known as a black pepper substitute in the Middle Ages, Sabinene typically off a spicy, woody aroma.
Given that many have reported Sabinene smells very much “like the holidays” or “like pumpkin pie”, it should come as little surprise that Sabinene can be also be found in Myristica Fragrance – an evergreen that is the worlds primary source of nutmeg.
Sabinene is well known for working synergistically with cannabinoids and other terpenes. So much so, that Beta-Caryophyllene can’t take all the credit for giving black pepper its spicy hot nature. Without Sabinene, black pepper wouldnt be the spicy sneezy deliciousness we know and love.
Sabinene has some great medical benefits. Not only does it help medical cannabis patients find relief from inflammation, arthritis pain, and menstrual cramps, it’s also suggested to relieve muscle spasms and provide pain relief from autoimmune disorders such as lupus.
Anything Sabinene can be found in is sure to have legitimate health benefits.
Sabinene is a major component of a variety essential oils including tea tree and savin oil.
Savin oil has been historically used in folk medicine to treat ailments such as genital warts and lung disease however, most sources today would advise against applying Sabinene directly to the skin or breathing Sabinene into the lungs (as you might for for aromatherapy purposes) unless very dilute. Sabinene can produce toxic fumes in high concentration.
Tea tree oil is quite commonly applied directly to the skin to treat fungal or bacterial infections or added to bath water to treat cough and reduce pulmonary inflammation.
Sabinene is partially to thank for these benefits. Without the Sabinene compound, this essential oil wouldn’t even smell the same, let alone help the human body with anything!