Phellandrene : Know Your Terpenes

The peppery, minty, and slightly citrusy scent of phellandrene.


The peppery, minty, and slightly citrusy scent of phellandrene that often comes from eucalyptus is popularly used in various fragrances and cosmetics. It can also be extracted from water fennel and Canada balsam oil, having uses as a flavoring agent as well.

Though this terpene is pleasing to the senses, phellandrene has its therapeutic qualities, being linked to several studies pertaining to the fight against fungi and bacteria. It has become a component of antifungal and antibacterial medications, possessing great potential as a topical treating these types of ailments. However, its potential for success increases when combined with other antifungal and antibacterial terpenes.

If planning to use phellandrene for cooking, ensure this terpene isn’t vaporized by exceeding its boiling point of 339 degrees Fahrenheit.

Terpenes affect each of us differently depending on our body chemistry and what compounds are present that they can act synergistically with, so keep this in mind when searching for alternative therapies.