What are Monoterpenes?

Simple answer: A monoterpene is a chemical compound found in many essential oils. The basic structure is 10 carbon atoms and can be found in many shapes in nature it also has at least 1 double bond. Because of the simplicity of their bonds they are fairly unstable and oxidize (bond with Oxygen) easily. This means every time you open the bottle of a monoterpene rich oil you risk changing the chemical structure of the oil by adding oxygen into the bottle. This also means the oil evaporates quickly when you pour out a drop, and their shelf life is notably shorter than other oils with more complex structures.

Common Monoterpenes and their known therapeutic properties:

-          Alpha-pinene- anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral

-          Beta-pinene- antibacterial, antioxidant, antispasmodic

-          Limonene- analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, skin penetration enhancer

-          Terpinene- antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral

Common Oils High In Monoterpenes:

Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange, Bergamot, and Neroli.

*Please remember this post is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat or cure any issues or ailments.