What are terpenes in plants?

Terpenes, key to the flavor, smell and color of plants?

Terpenes are a class of hydrocarbons, but more commonly, they are aromatic compounds produced by many plants, especially conifers, and are at the origin of different fragrances and flavors.

Terpenes will contribute to the flavor,smell and color of the plant.

They are often used in food additives, perfumery and aromatherapy.
Terpenes are the main components of plant resin and essential oils extracted from these plants.

A strong odoriferous property


Terpenes have a strong odoriferous property in plants, with geranium as a common example.

In the plant world, it is necessary to know how to defend oneself and terpenes allow plants to protect themselves against predators. Indeed, thanks to terpenes, the plant will give off a strong odor, which will then repel certain insects harmful to the plant, while attracting other beneficial insects that it will need for pollination.

Terpenes also allow plants to give off a pleasant smell for consumers of their fruits and vegetables. They contribute to the smell of eucalyptus, the scent of cinnamon, cloves, ginger and the color of yellow flowers..

Terpenoid plants are also widely used for their aromatic qualities.

Some even believe that terpenes may have medicinal properties and help fight against bacteria, fungi, environmental stress..

Terpenes and therapeutic properties

It is only recently that people have become aware of the potential medicinal properties of terpenes, and this is slowly starting to spread.
Growshops introduces you to some varieties of terpenes and their therapeutic properties:

Linalool is one of the most recognizable terpenes. It is the guarantor of the scent so recognizable in many perfumes and cosmetics ranges. It is the main compound that gives lavender its unique smell!
Linalool is known for its therapeutic properties for the body. It is often used as a natural sleep aid, anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, or cream for topical application.
Anecdote: Insomniacs of the Renaissance used to place small sachets of lavender under their pillow.
Limonene is found in citrus fruits, but also in mint, juniper, rosemary and pine. Limonene is one of the most commonly used terpenes. It appears as an ingredient in foods, medicines, cosmetics and detergents.
It contributes significantly to the qualities of fruits and vegetables.
Various studies have shown that limonene contributes to modulate the body's immune system, which would result in an anti-cancer effect. It also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This makes this terpene a promising option in the treatment of certain forms of cancer.
The cineole terpene or eucalyptol is a monoterpenoid abundant in the nature.
This molecule is found in eucalyptus, tea tree, bay leaves, basil, sage...
Eucalyptol is known for its antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is often used to increase blood circulation and relieve pain.

But also ..

A-pinene, found in pine needles. Used as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and would also help with memory.

Beta-Caryophyllene, found in black pepper. Used as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, it also protects the lining of the digestive tract.

Myrcene, found in hops. Used as a sedative, it helps sleep and relaxes muscles.

There are many different molecules of terpenes, but here you have an overview of the different therapeutic properties they can provide.

Terpene boosting products offered by Growshops.fr

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Green Sensation

of Plagron

It is a flowering stimulator, which can also be called a flowering booster. Its main property is to raise the sugar content in the fruit.
It contributes directly to the production of sugar.

Resin Plus

of Platinium

Amplifies organoleptic qualities(taste and smell) and resin/crystal production of plants.
It provides amino acids andnatural humus that are very important in the physiological processes that will determine the organoleptic qualities of the crop. It also stimulates the formation of chlorophyll.

Super Boost

by Platinium

It provides abundant floweringand fruit setting for a hard cell structure and a better taste.
It increases the sugar content of the plants and consequently their weight and smell. Thanks to a floral and sugar explosion, it guarantees compact, thick and pleasantly scented plants.

Prime Sugar

from Hydropassion

Prime Sugar is a sugar and flavor enhancer. It gives plants extra energy and vitality to improve flowering for a massive development of flowers and fruits.
It improves the taste, aroma and quality of the fruit.