What do we know about terpenes ? Terpenes are odorous volatile molecules and result from the metabolism of glucose in many flowering plants and more specifically in medicinal plants. Examples of terpenes in medicinal plants are carvone (spearmint), eugenol (laurel, cloves), anethol, fennel and tarragon.
What are terpenes used for in nature ? Plants produce and emit odorant emissions of generally pleasant terpenes (fruity, musky, spicy) to attract bees and other insects for reproduction. The composition and concentration of terpenes emitted by plants can vary from one species to another within the same variety depending on environmental conditions, soil, amount of sunlight or watering. The link between the structure of terpene molecules and the nature of the odours is not always understood.
What are the medicinal effects of terpenes ? There are many effects of terpene-rich medicinal plants on our body and health and most of the mechanisms are still not well understood. Depending on the nature of the terpene molecules present in a plant, it can have anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, relaxing, antimicrobial, calming, etc. effects. In this website, we have classified medicinal plants rich in terpenes according to their composition in terpenes and their effect on health and this based on our research.