Category Archives: Terpenes

The Damask Rose (Rosa damascena): Chemical Composition

The medicinal effects of the Damask rose relate to the chemical composition present in the petals, leaves and stems of the plant. These chemicals can be broadly split into the essential oil and the non-essential oil components. The essential oils … Continue reading

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Terpenes and Cannabinoids for Mood Disorders

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Terpenes and Mental Health

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Medicinal Terpenoids

Terpenoids are naturally occurring plant chemicals that comprise of isoprene units. These isoprene units can be constructed together in multiple ways giving rise to a diverse and large group of phytochemicals. Terpenoids include the sub-groups monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, diterpenes, sesterterpenes, tetraterpenes. … Continue reading

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Pulsatilla Plants as a Source of Phytochemicals

Pulastilla is a group of flowering plants that belong to the Ranunculaceae (buttercup) family. The genus contains about 70 species, and some of these are used medicinally. Some common species of Pulsatilla plants include Pulsatilla nemorosa, Pulsatilla patens, Pulsatilla vulgaris … Continue reading

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Betulinic Acid: Anxiolytic Terpenoid Phytochemical

Betulinic acid is a phytochemical that belongs to the pentacyclic terpenoid group of plant chemicals. Betulinic acid has a number of health effects in humans and animals that include anti-inflammatory, antimalarial and antiviral effects. The anti-inflammatory effects of betulinic acid … Continue reading

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Triterpenoid Saponins in Pulsatilla Plants

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Carvone and the Central Nervous System

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Terpenes as Phytocannabinoids

Terpenes are a diverse group of phytochemicals that are present in a wide variety of plants. Many of these plants are edible and therefore human and animal consumption of terpenes is significant. Terpenes are thought to be responsible for some … Continue reading

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Echinacea: Anti-Anxiety Treatment

Echinacea generally refers to two plants, Echinacea purpurea or Echinacea angustifolia. Echinacea belongs to the Asteraceae or daisy family and is therefore closely related to the daisy and chamomile plants. Common names for echinacea include the coneflower. Echinacea is a … Continue reading

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