Fragrant as a terpene

Updated: Feb 14

Geraniol is one of the terpenes that gives floral fragrance to roses and geraniums. Limonene is the scent in lemons and limes and pinene is found in the fragrance of pine forests. Terpenes have healing benefits for us in addition to the wonderful aroma they add to foods and flowers.


Take time to smell the roses, and geraniums, or the limes, it may be helping prevent cancer. Geraniol and limonene have shown promise against cancer. "Geraniol has garnered attention for its potential role in the treatment of a range of cancers, including breast, lung, colon, prostate, pancreatic and hepatic cancers (2126) " (1) Geraniol also has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory effects and may help protect the brain and digestive system, (1,) from ulcers. (2)


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Reference List

  1. Cho M, So I, Chun JN, Jeon JH. The antitumor effects of geraniol: Modulation of cancer hallmark pathways (Review). Int J Oncol. 2016;48(5):1772–1782. doi:10.3892/ijo.2016.3427 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4809657/

  2. Bhattamisra SK, Hooi LP, Shyan LP, Chieh LB, Candasamy M, Sahu PS. Effect of geraniol and clarithromycin combination against gastric ulcers induced by acetic acid and Helicobacter pylori in rats. Phcog Res 2019;11:356-62 http://www.phcogres.com/article.asp?issn=0974-8490;year=2019;volume=11;issue=4;spage=356;epage=362;aulast=Bhattamisra

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