Terpenes are naturally occurring organic compounds found in the oils of plants. They are responsible for the citrusy smell of an orange, the fresh scent of pine and the relaxing effects of lavender.
They are the chemicals that determine how things smell.
They are also one of the critical ‘biosynthetic building blocks’ necessary for our well-being.
Terpenes bind to receptors in our brains giving rise to therapeutic effects – like the relaxing sensations of lavender – because of their interactions with something called the Endocannabinoid System.
This system is our most complex neuro-transmitter network and is responsible for keeping our other internal systems in check against external factors, like stress, that throw our bodies out of balance.
The naturally occurring properties of Terpenes work with this Endocannabinoid System to help restore this balance. In short, one of their benefits is that they may assist in alleviating feelings of stress, anxiety, insomnia and even muscular pain.